About Our Farm
The Westlund Family established Harmony
“J.A.C.K.” Farms in 2001. Bearing the name of the four children:
Jordan, Andrew, Cierra and Keri, the operation was founded with the
unshakable belief that there’s a better path for the long-term health of
our lands, animals and neighbors than the one currently pursued by
industrialized agribusiness. We started this operation with a strict
adherence to the tenants of sustainability and strive daily to find ways
to make the fruits of our labor affordable for everyone who wishes to
join us on this mission.
It’s our belief that our lands,
communities and neighbors need not trade their future health and well
being for their meals today.
Our Animals are raisedon certified organic pasture year round.
Striving to raise the healthiest, happiest and most natural animals
possible, we use techniques that minimize risk and maximize production
with breed choice and grazing practices. Our animals are not fed growth
hormones or stimulants and are not finished on grain or in a feedlot
Our cattle are very close, if not the
same, in size as our native Roosevelt Elk. They subsist and thrive on
our native species (and some non-native like scotch broom and
blackberries) year round, with no off-farm inputs. Our cows prefer to
be out in the elements and brave the predators, carrying their barns on
We calve seasonally like the deer and elk, when the forage is at its
peak nutrition so that mother’s lactation is optimal. Calf and cow are
not separated and we rotate the animals in our “herd” from pasture to
pasture so as to balance the percentage or grass consumption, turf
trample, and manure deposits— all of which creates the optimal
conditions for renewal and regeneration of our pastures. On average,
our cattle are on pasture for two years before harvesting.
Our beef is processed in USDA inspected and certified organic facilities, so our beef products adhere to the stricter standards required to bear the USDA certified organic seal
Our pigs range at large foraging for
their natural food. They graze grass just like cattle. Most of what
they eat is grass, roots, and leaves of trees. But they also eat grubs,
acorns, berries, fruits (acorns, berries, and fruits are strictly
seasonal), eggs, critters of all kinds, and about anything else they
come across in the pastures where they live. (In fact, their diet is
about the same as a grass-fed chicken!) They are not caged, penned,
confined in dirt lots, nor raised in buildings. In fact, their daily
range is the exact opposite of the stereotype we’ve come to have of pigs
— they don’t live in the mud and they don’t eat slop!
While our pigs are raised organically, our processing facilities are
not certified organic. Due to the strict regulations of the National
Organic Program, this means our pork products cannot bear the USDA
certified organic seal.
Our farms are nestled into the foothills of the Santiam River Valley. Large portions of our land are hilly and wooded — the perfect habitat for goats. They roam this terrain feasting on deep tap rooted plants, which helps make their meat highly nutritious as such plants are sure to bring up far more trace minerals lying far beneath the grasp of normal grass roots.
Our goat meat is processed in certified organic facilities and bear the USDA certified organic seal.
No egg tastes so good as one that
is vibrant-orange-yolked and created by a bird whose diet consists
primarily of self-harvested nutrition from pasture. Our fryers, unlike
any other you will find, are fed only GMO-free whole grains and milled
rations. Our poultry, receives minimal grain inputs and are soy and
corn free. Our rations are milled by a certified organic grain farmer,
who implements our microbiological methods, just east of Mt. Hood.
These chickens nest in our mobile coop and are pre-meditatively
turned loose in pastures as part of our precise process of
revitalization and renewal.
Our eggs are certified organic. Like our pigs, our chickens are
processed in non-certified organic facilities, so they cannot be sold as
Our mission here at Harmony Jack Farms is to operate sustainably from
the ground up and from every perspective — Environmental, Human, Animal
and Vegetation. Like the farm itself, this is constantly evolving, but
we measuring our success by the following.
Our commitment to organic
certification is the foundation of sustainability. The methods and
practices employed to achieve this certification build fertility and
health in both land and animals.
Replenishing Young Farmers
It’s alarming to think
that 59 the average age in agriculture. The lack of young talent
jeopardizes the sustainability of our profession. Through farms like
ours, we’re creating avenues for young farmers to return to the ancient
and noble calling of providing sustenance from with their own local
Increasing Soil Complexity
taken its toll on our native soils. When left to its own devices,
Nature will build its ecosystem to favor balance and efficiency.
Letting this process take its course, without artificial intervention,
leads to a more complete and enduring source of nutrients for our
Humane Animal Husbandry
Every animal has its own
essence. Respecting, nurturing, and encouraging that essence creates
healthier animals — and in turn yields healthier meat. The strength
they draw from being allowed to thrive also helps build stronger
genetics and generational health.
Our way of raising animals
helps reduce the carbon footprint for everyone. Our lands sequester
carbon naturally. By eschewing chemical inputs, we’re leaving fossil
fuels untouched, and our grazing methods ensure the natural and healthy
distribution of feces.
By purchasing from us, you are supporting your local farmers and more
equitable food distribution. Your food dollars help create a more
environmentally sound and economically healthy local community.