BUILDING, PURSUING, FOSTERING, TEACHING.
GAUCHO FARMS IS A TEACHING, SMALL-FARM MODEL FOSTERING COMMUNITY, FOOD FREEDOM, AND ECOLOGICAL DIVERSITY THROUGH THE ARTS OF SUSTAINABLE LIVING.
About Gaucho Farms
We started Gaucho Farms in 2008 because we wanted to grow the kind of food that we would feel good about feeding our family. The result is a small, biodynamic family farm in Southeast Alabama producing all-natural, superior-quality 100% grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured broiler chickens and turkeys, pastured, free-range eggs, chemical-free fruits and vegetables, heirloom vegetable plants from certified organic, non-GMO seed, raw honey, all-natural jams, jellies, sauces and other, seasonal products.
Thanks to the support and encouragement of many family, friends and loyal customers, we are now able to offer our farm products more widely. Our customers appreciate that we take a holistic approach to farming, where each small enterprise is connected to, and supports, the others. For example, the pastured broiler chickens, laying hens, and heritage turkeys provide an ample supply of fertilizer for our pastures. We never use herbicides. Instead, our Katahdin sheep graze certain weeds, like wild mustard, along with salad-bar mixture of grasses, which in turn produces mild-flavored, delicious lamb. We make our own compost to provide fertilizer for our garden and specialty heirloom plants.
Our poultry and livestock are never given antibiotics, growth hormones or synthetic pesticides. Our meat lambs and steers are 100% grass-fed. They are never fed grain, soy hulls, or other industry by-products. Contrast that with the typical U.S. system which relies on concentrated feedlots, growth hormones, systemic antibiotics, and tons of grain and agricultural by-products like chicken litter.
What's in a Name?
The Pampas of Argentina are famous for wide open grasslands and Gauchos (Argentine cowboys). Gaucho Farms’ beef, lamb and poultry practices recall the traditions of the expansive Pampas – free of grain, pesticides, antibiotics, and added hormones. Owner Suzanne Wright is committed to the practice of sustainable agriculture, and continually looks for ways to improve the care of our land and livestock. We are committed to a more compassionate way of farming, and thoughtfully exceed humane animal treatment standards through every stage of production. Our mission is to produce healthier alternatives to factory-farmed meats, poultry, eggs, and monoculture vegetables; healthier for our bodies, the animals, and the land.
Buying locally-grown meats, poultry, and produce means an opportunity to get the highest quality foods at affordable prices. Gaucho Farms doesn’t sell a commodity to an anonymous buyer. We rely on satisfied, repeat customers to maintain and grow our business. When you buy from Gaucho Farms you’ll get products that are great tasting, are chemical and pesticide-free, are healthier for you, and are sustainably and mindfully grown.
Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.s)
Where are you located?
We are located at 1808 S. Watford Rd. Slocomb, AL, one turn off of Highway 52 West between Malvern and Slocomb, Alabama. Our farm is on a wide, well-maintained, dirt road and is a pleasant 15-20 minute drive from Dothan, and about 25 minutes from Enterprise.
Certain GPS units are not consistent with our location, so use Google Maps or your Google Maps app.
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Where can I buy your products?
- At the Farm: You can find our full selection of products at the farm on designated Saturdays between 9 am – 1 pm or by appointment. Please call 334-803-4093, visit us on Facebook, or check our Events page to see when we are open at the farm.
- Online: You can pre-order from our full selection of products available for pickup at one of our Wednesday drop sites through our online store.
- Dothan Drop-Off/Pick Up: Thompson Chiropractic: You can pre-order from us and pick up from Thompson Chiropractic located on 84 West between Adventureland and CB&T Bank. You can place reservation orders through our website here, or by emailing Suzanne Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dothan Drop-Off/Pick-Up: Thompson Chiropractic, Wednesday from 8:30 am – 11:00 am or 3 pm – 6 pm. Orders must be placed by midnight the previous Monday.
- Enterprise: LivingTree Health Foods.: LivingTree Health Foods carries our pastured eggs, ground beef, sirloin tips, beef bones, and raw honey.
- Request a Gaucho Food Stop: We will do drops of $500 or more, in any combination of products, in the Dothan area or Enterprise area. We will divide up the product into individual orders for you. Offices, gyms, neighbors, and other group gatherings sometimes use this option. This takes a little up front planning, but soon becomes easy and routine.
Are you certified organic?
No. But we meet or exceed all of the organic standards in everything we do. Remember that the way food is grown is a practice – we grow food sustainably without any chemical inputs or use of genetically modified seeds or feeds (no GMOs). Certification, on the other hand, is a LABEL provided by the government or another organization. It takes extra time and money to acquire the label that third party provides. That extra time and cost is passed on to the consumer or puts an undue burden on the farmer. Visit your farmer. Know your farmer.
Organic standards are set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Fees and commissions are then paid to the agency through a certifying agent. We are so diversified that it becomes cost and time-prohibitive to complete the paperwork, plans, record-keeping and pay the fees associated with organic certification. Our farm is open by appointment any day if you’d like to come see what we do. On our designated farm days we give formal tours and offer question/answer sessions. We also have a philosophical question about why small, “organic” farmers have to get “certified” when large, conventional farms can spray, dust and douse with impunity, plus accept government subsidies.
Do you carry any certifications?
No. Many new certifications have cropped up – at least three different humane certifications, and certified naturally grown, among others – where a third party “certifies” the grower follows certain practices. All of these certifications rely on an owner declaration of their practices and require a certification fee. Some require a farm inspection, and some don’t. The best way to know what you are getting is to know your farmer. While we certainly respect the decision of farmers to carry certifications, and I have not ruled out certification in the event our products are ever on store shelves, middle-man certifying agents and organizations are going to capitalize on the rising interest in clean foods. With the extra time and cost involved in pursuing and maintaining certifications, the cost is falling on both the farmer and the customer. There are loopholes and exemptions for nearly every certification that can be obtained or approved temporarily.
Any of our customers can come here and see how our animals live, see how happy our chickens are, see how calm our cattle and sheep are, see that there are bugs living in our garden, and hopefully feel completely comfortable that we treat our animals well and keep the poisons off of our farm. While the vast majority of farmers who do carry certifications are honest and dedicated, unscrupulous individuals can skirt the truth or cut corners and still reap the higher prices associated with “certified” products.
Do you sell wholesale?
As we grow, we are beginning to sell to stores and buying clubs. We don’t have a tremendous amount of price wiggle room, but our reasonable prices may be low enough to work for your market. We are very interested in working with established stores, clubs and buyers who would like to carry our products. We have a good volume of pastured, free-range eggs, 100% grass-fed beef, whole, pastured broilers, and blueberries.