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What’s Next For Watson Farms? – Pasture Posts #83

Here’s the weekly roundup from Watson Farms and your direct connection to your farmer. Enjoy the latest edition of Pasture Posts!

We’ve had a lot of things happening over the last month or so, and we wanted to keep you apprised of some of the ways that our farm is growing. It has truly felt like a marathon of a summer dealing with labor issues, tough summer weather, freezer issues, and building contractor delays. But we don’t like to dwell on the negatives, so let’s look at some of the positives of where we are right now.

This year so far we’ve been able to add several team members from customer service to delivery drivers. We greatly appreciate the roles that each of these folks have played in making sure that we are pleasing customers to the best of our ability.

We have also recently added a team of three production guys under the federal H2A visa program. Their names are Hector, Jamie, and Jose, and they are doing a great job in helping to care for our animals in the manner in which you have come to expect from Watson Farms. During the period we were short-handed this summer, we never lowered our standards of care for our animals, but other tasks like tractor maintenance or pasture mowing were put off, and we are now able to give those types of tasks some attention again. This has been a great relief and will hopefully give us a long-term solution to our seasonal field labor, which has proved very difficult to hire from the domestic worker pool.

Many hands makes the workload manageable with lots of hungry chickens to feed.
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Behind the Scenes: Chicken Processing – Pasture Posts #82

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Last week we took you behind the scenes and showed you how we perform our Home Deliveries each week. We are continuing this behind-the-scenes series this week in showing you our chicken processing set up through a video.

This facility allows us to provide you and your family with quality pasture raised chicken. Come along as we show you around!

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All About Watson Farms Home Delivery – Pasture Posts #81

We want to take the opportunity to remember the lives that were lost in the terror attacks 21 years ago today. May we never forget.

Here’s the weekly roundup from Watson Farms and your direct connection to your farmer. Enjoy the latest edition of Pasture Posts!

In case you didn’t know, our farm offers Home Delivery in 4 different metropolitan areas each week: Charleston, Columbia, Greenville/Spartanburg, and our local area which includes Rock Hill and Charlotte.

In this week’s edition of Pasture Posts, let’s take a look at this service in detail where we hope to give you a behind the scenes look at how and why we attempt to deliver to so many of your homes each week.

First, let’s look at how we perform these deliveries. This all starts with the people on our team that make this possible, starting with our fulfillment team which usually consists of Mason, Greg, and Kelly. We’ll probably do a deeper dive into our fulfillment process in another edition, but just know for now that this team works extremely hard to get orders assembled and ready for delivery twice per day every weekday.

The next group of people that are critical in getting an order to your doorstep is our team of drivers – Mason, Tim, Sam, and myself when needed. I’m sure I can speak for all of our drivers when I say that it is truly a joy to see customers who are so thankful for this home delivery service and the products we deliver. We love seeing happy customers, and we do our best to keep you all that way even through the bumps in the road – no pun intended 😉.

Finally, we have the folks back in the office that take your calls or otherwise work to provide you with the best service possible. This is done by Cyndy and Kelly, and we are very appreciative of their efforts in serving you.

Another key component that allows us to safely deliver cold perishables to your door even in hot weather is our refrigerated vans. These vans are equipped with a refrigeration system and an insulated cargo area that allow us to reduce the amount of packaging down to simply the box that your meat is contained in. We operate the refrigeration system at 29 degrees which is cold enough to prevent meat from thawing but not so cold as to freeze eggs or milk.

  • Watson Farms Home Delivery Fleet of Refrigerated Vans
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Growing Our Team! – Pasture Posts #80

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We like to keep all of you up to date when we have things happening around here, so this edition of Pasture Posts will serve to do that.

First, we are announcing that we are seeking to add another position to our wonderful team! This person will manage our farm store as well as spearhead our social media efforts.

We feel like the ideal candidate for this position would be passionate about our farm’s mission of providing pasture based proteins to our local community. We would look forward to this person becoming thoroughly familiar with our methods and the why behind them so that they could effectively present these points to our store visitors as well as those who follow us online.

This person would also take customer calls, so being knowledgeable about our products and offerings would be a must as well.

We feel like there are many potential customers around us who simply don’t know we exist, and this person would help expose our farm and our mission to these folks.

So if you know of someone who is great with people and social media, then have them take a look at the job description we’ve prepared. We are excited about all the opportunities for growth that we are seeing, and we’re looking forward to finding the right person to help us with some of this growth!


Farm Store and Office Closed on Monday

We also wanted to make sure that everyone knows that the office and the farm store will be closed tomorrow for Labor Day. We rarely do this, but we will be busy processing chickens anyway, so we thought it would work out better this way. Thanks to all those who regularly pick up orders at the farm and shop the farm store! We appreciate you guys so much! Hope to see you soon!

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Chicken Q and A – Pasture Posts #79

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One of the most difficult tasks for families who want to source their proteins responsibly is deciphering the lingo that companies and farms use to describe their products. We like to make sure that we are as clear as possible when it comes to this so we’re taking an opportunity to go on record with some facts about our broiler operation in this week’s edition of Pasture Posts.

Perhaps the best way to make sure you fully understand our practices is to attend one of our Farm Days throughout the year, with the next one scheduled for October 22.

But for now, take a look at some facts about our broiler operation that should help you further understand what we do so differently than the industry.

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Answering more of your questions – Pasture Posts #78

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Over the past few weeks, Kelly has been gathering some more frequently asked questions that many of you have asked over the years. She has done a great job in writing out the answers to these questions below, so take a look and let us know if you have any other questions that you would like answered.


Also, if you didn’t get a chance to check out our last FAQ newsletter, then head over to Pasture Posts #72 for that.

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Moving Pigs – Pasture Posts #77

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We have a nice group of about 34 pigs right now that are marching quickly through our pig paddocks. They are grazing on lots of forbs and grasses which makes a wonderful salad that they enjoy. Some of this vegetation is over 6 feet tall and as you’ll see in the video, they tame it down really well. Check it out!

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An Interesting Week in Review – Pasture Posts #76

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It’s been an eventful and productive week! Take a look at some things that have happened at Watson Farms this week!

These pigs have lived their entire lives on pasture with freedom to root and wallow. They truly enjoyed the ultimate standard of living for a pig since they were born about 8 months ago. This cannot be said for their industrial counterparts who spend their entire life on concrete in confinement. We limit their bad experiences to one bad day (processing day) and focus on allowing them to fully express their “pigness” the rest of their days. In preparation for this one bad day, we corral them with our portable pig gates and draw them into a special ground-load trailer. Both the consumer and the farmer can be confident in knowing that our pigs are raised with respect and we are thankful to be able to provide your family with meat raised right.
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Encouraging Signs: A New Generation Stepping Up – Pasture Posts 75

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As our direct-marketing efforts have expanded over the last couple of years it has required more team members and more from each member of our team.

Now our team is tapping into some new talent in the form of a willing new generation. Our goal at Watson Farms is for our farm to be one that the next generation can be passionate about being a part of. This often does not happen on family farms that rely on industrial methods as these farms operate on the tightest of margins while performing work in the filthiest of conditions. Our farm operated largely in this way before our transition to 100% pasture-based livestock so we have seen firsthand the detriments that the industrial system has.

There are definitely dirty jobs at our farm today, but at least they are usually broken up some from day to day by not-so-dirty chores. Industrial farms appear to be doing a great job of driving away the next generation rather than drawing the best and brightest. You can see some of the stories of this kind of thing in this article from about a year ago.

The fact is that through your direct support of our pasture-based farm, you are making Watson Farms more and more family-friendly. We believe that a farm should be, as our friend, Joel Salatin, puts it, “aromatically and aesthetically pleasing.” Farms should be operated in such a way that draws people to them instead of deliberately keeping people out as many confinement farms do. That includes being able to compensate the kids fairly and well enough to entice them to stay. For more information on this, check out Joel’s book Family Friendly Farming which completely changed my view of what a farm could and should be.

Thanks for your help in making our farm into a business that the younger generation can find a place in!

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Video Update – Pasture Posts #74

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This week we decided to do a video for you all which shows you what a typical summer day looks like for us here at Watson Farms. Very few farms today are multi-species, as it can require a diverse set of abilities and equipment to keep the different types of animals comfortable and performing to the best of their ability.

When it gets above 90 degrees we run the misters in the layers to help keep them cool. We also use our tractor and spray rig to spray down the broiler chickens. We spray the pigs down on hot afternoons as well. With the cows we strive to make sure that they have shaded areas anytime high temperatures are above 85 degrees. If they are going to be moving to a paddock that doesn’t have shade then we do it later in the evening so that they can have the evening and night to graze.

Watch the video below for some scenes of what a typical day is like tending to several types of livestock on a hot July day!

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