Pastured Poultry


*We are not currently offering pastured poultry. Please check back later in the season!

An expert chicken wrangler

An expert chicken wrangler

 

 

 

View of fields in autumn

View of fields in autumn

 

 

What is Halal and Tayyib?

Oh you who securely believe, eat from the wholly good which We have provided you, and give thanks to Allah (God) if it is He Whom you worship. (Q2:172)

Halal is what is permitted to eat within Islamic guidelines.  We also raise our lamb and poultry to be tayyib – wholesome and healthy – as well as halal zabiha, killed in accordance with Islamic guidelines.  If you have questions about the specifics you are welcome to speak to our Imam, Jamil Rob Bastress.

New lamb & mom

New lamb & mom

Whether you are familiar with the terms or not, we invite you to reflect upon the manner in which an animal is raised and its sacrifice so that we may be nourished.  True halal meat takes into account the care of the animal as it is raised, the way the animal is fed, and the final process of slaughter.

As the animal is raised, having access to clean pasture, water and pure food, not adulterated by chemical pesticides is essential, as is nursing from it’s mother at birth.  The grain and minerals we offer to the animals are checked so no GMO’s or other harmful ingredients are included. We use organic products whenever possible.

To slaughter an animal in the “halal” manner, requires that the name of God (Allah) be in the heart and upon the lips of the one taking responsibility for the slaughter of the animal, that the person has surrendered their lives to God, and that they are in a prayerful state, present in body, mind, heart, and spirit.  The slaughter must be conducted in a humane fashion.  This includes assuring that the knife is sharp, the animals do not witness one another, and are handled in the gentlest way possible as they are brought to slaughter.  We offer prayer and gratitude for the sacrifice the lamb is making.

Following the principles of tayyib and halal takes the whole life of an animal into account, and supports a way of farming that is sustainable, enriching, and healing to our earth, our bodies, and our spirits.