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Sweet Stem Farm

By Kate Medley, August 8, 2009  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Kate Medley
[powerpress image="/sites/default/files/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/meadowrunfarm_0.jpg"] SWEET STEM FARM (formerly MEADOW RUN FARM) - Lititz, PA Dee Horst-Landis and her husband Philip are turning her family's scenic land in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, into a sustainable farming oasis. With pastured chicken and turkey, grass-fed beef and lamb, and pastured pork from heritage breed pigs, this young couple is intent on building fields of healthy soil and grass from which to feed their livestock a grass-based diet.




Irene Stone says ...
Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Landis!!! You and your farming method warms my heart with joy. Happiness is most evident in all the voices and the positive images in your video presentation. I know your work is most rewarding. I truly respect you --- and envy you. I was recently introduced to Whole Foods and the natural products that they present to the consumer. The first time that I sampled a strawberry at the market, my heart, emotions,and taste buds whizzed me back to the flavor sensations of my childhood in the - yes - '50's! I thought these essences had faded away from my palette with the passage of time....not so. I have re-experienced my youthful savoring of a SIMPLY roasted natural-raised chicken and the sensationally aromatic roast of beef. Pasture and grass nurtured livestock need no cover-up sauces or seasoning as do the chemically manufactured livestock. Thank you again for your dedication to health and nature! I wish continued health, happiness and rewards to both of you!
12/13/2009 6:28:04 AM CST
jsauer says ...
I second Ms. Stone below - You two are awesome and make me want to be an organic farmer. And your farming philosphy, Mr. Landis IS smart. The animals that have to give up their lives for us deserve a good, clean, comfortable life. If we and farmers truly care so much about human health and welfare, all farmers would treat and slaughter animals with greater care. There IS a market out there for your farming and it WILL grow. Keep it up!
03/22/2010 8:51:12 PM CDT
John Bower says ...
Full respect for the animal would be allowing it to live, that is an inherent right. No one needs to eat animal remains, that is simply one's choice to eat higher in the food chain. While the effort is a step better than a modern factory farm I fail to see the reverence for life here. Farmed animals can live a lot longer than food production allows them to. This is just an attempt to mollify one's guilt when at the end of the day you are responsible for unnecessary death and a waste of resources. These purchases don't keep any population in check it is merely support in exploiting sentient beings while treating your dog "Bingo" to a run in the park. I prefer animal sanctuarys to "feel good" meat production farms, now THEY respect animals. Don't fool yourself, watch the animal be slaughtered and see how good you feel about yourself.
04/29/2010 8:45:17 PM CDT
Victoria says ...
Well said, Mr. Bower.
05/02/2010 2:53:20 PM CDT
Jamie says ...
I enjoy the effort put into the farming methods to ensure that these animals are living happily, even if they are raised for slaughter. I do wish that Whole Foods would fully disclose what farm their meat is coming when customers see signs or buy from their counter in efforts to support not only these animal welfare standards but these farmers specifically.
05/03/2010 7:51:47 PM CDT