We strive to produce food that respects and protects the natural world. Our sheep have year round access to the outside to enjoy the sun on their backs and wind on their faces. Rotationally grazing on fresh, nutritious grass is the foundation of our farm. We use no growth hormones, unnecessary antibiotics, and no chemicals on their wool. Our animals are bred to so they don’t require tail docking or dehorning.
Our animal husbandry philosophy of farming is directed by the Five Freedoms.
The five freedoms as currently expressed are:
- Freedom from hunger or thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor
- Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area
- Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment
- Freedom to express (most) normal behaviour by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind
- Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering
Happy animals mean healthy animals!
About the Farmers
Tim Fisher and Jennifer Osborn are the proud farmers of All Sorts Acre. A gift of two Shetland sheep started them on a journey they never could have anticipated.
Since before she could walk, Jennifer has been mad about animals. Stories from her father about the old family farm in England, and horse back riding fostered her love of the natural world. For many reasons she chose to pursue an art career from illustration to web design, but she never lost her love for animals. A random find in a Goodwill store of Bill Mollison’s “Introduction to Permaculture” put both Tim and Jennifer on a new path. It was a co-op position on an organic, bio-dynamic farm that re-kindled her love of farming, and off they went.
A trip to Thailand in his early 20’s changed Tim’s life. He returned with a determination to be a benefit to the environment. He received his Diploma in Environmental Engineering, with a specialization in composting. His career lead him in many directions, but when he began farming it all came full circle.