Treasures of Joy is a 75 acre family farm located near Syracuse, New York. We produce pastured proteins (meat and eggs) and fresh vegetables. We sell our proteins and vegetables on-farm. We also sell our vegetables and eggs at local farmers markets, including Syracuse Eastside Neighborhood Farmers Market at Westcott Community Center.
farming practices are based upon traditional organic
principles. This involves things like rotational grazing for our
animals and crop rotation in the garden. We amend our garden soils with
compost which we create on farm and fertilize with a mixture based on Steve Solomon's "Complete Organic
Fertilizer" as outlined in his book Gardening When It Counts.
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Our cattle and goat thrive on our rotational grazing program from May to November. During the winter they get locally produced grass hay almost exclusively. The only medications our cattle receive are on the advice of a veterinarian when we are dealing with major infections like mastitis in our family milk cow.
Our hens produce hard-shelled, robust yolk, brown eggs through their free-range access to forage. They get non-medicated, locally milled and grown, commercial feed. During the winter our hens spend more time in their shelter but they always have access to the outdoors for fresh air and sunshine. We are also able to get the produce compost from an organic grocery store and this supplements their noon meal.
We raise meat chickens and turkeys by brooding chicks indoors for three weeks, then moving them to a pasture area. Like the hens, they also receive a non-medicated, locally milled, commercial feed. They are guarded by a dog for free roaming during the daytime. At night we lock them into secure housing units to deter predators. Because we want them to range, they are only raised during the summer when we have a good supply of pasture.