One thing about us at Page River Bottom Farm: we think it's never too late to do it right.
Page River Bottom Farm, bought in July 2009, was a lifelong dream of Doug's, ever since he left the family farm to serve in the military in 1943. Life happened in between, and it took until last summer for the timing of all needed elements to come together to realize that dream.
In the meantime, C. Jay had researched healthy food for them. We were vegetarians for 10 years. We ate "low-fat" everything for years. C. Jay had high cholesterol and lots of food and chemical allergies. One of the doctors told her how she actually needed more fat in her diet, and put her on Vitamin D, heavy doses of fish oil and two kinds of plant oils.
After a year on all that oil and more fat in her diet, many of her health problems were eliminated, like psoriasis, arthritis pains and fibromyalgia pressure point pain. She was not comfortable with the addition of that fat, however, without the research to back it up.
In August, we ran across an article in Mother Earth News by Joel Salatin about Polyface Farm and his pasture-raised meat. Doug had raised 1000 chickens, a milk cow and goats on his family farm, and was very comfortable with that venue. C. Jay had milked cows, fed chickens, raised organic food, and lived most of her life in the country. She had only to visit the farm that Doug had found on the internet for her to see that a return to that life would be very beneficial for all concerned.
Salatin recommended a journal called the Stockman Grassfarmer. In one of the many back issues, she found a reference to a little book called Why Grass Fed is Best by Jo Robinson. Now it all made sense.
We found more great information on Jo's website,
Her original book is no longer in print, but she has a new one, with a new edition about to come out called
What we found out with these resources was that the long chain Omega-3s in the pasture-raised meat, eggs and dairy were the same kind of Omega-3s in the fish oil that is so beneficial. However, we couldn't find those products to buy anywhere. So we decided to grow our own.
Thus was the birth of Page River Bottom Farm.
Our goal is to grow healthy, grass-fed meat and eggs for ourselves and our neighbors. Our animals get no antibiotics. We use no pesticides or hormones. Our animals are treated gently and with love and respect, and with gratitude for the lives they give, so that we and members of our community can be healthy.
We are in the Sanger River Bottom in the Central Valley area, 20 miles east of Fresno, California, with year-round access to water, so our animals are able to be on pasture most of the year. It is one of the most beautiful garden spots in the world for raising healthier food.
In 2010, we've been very busy turning our dream into a reality, as you can see from these pictures. Raising a barn...
...and turning an orchard back into pasture.
We hope we can share our healthy food knowledge and products with you soon. Thanks for stopping in to find out about us.
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Some of our pork was incorrectly labeled as containing nitrites. None of it was cured that way, it was a labeling mistake.
Sorry for the confusion.
Turkeys Fall 2013...
We can raise turkeys this year, but only if demand is high enough. If you are interested, please fill out our Order Form and send it in with your deposit.
Beef Cuts, Pork Cuts,
Lamb, Chicken and Eggs,
are available at the new
Vineyard Farmer’s Market,
plus 6 drop points in the Reedley/Clovis/Fresno area.
We now belong to the Community Alliance with Family Farmers.
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