Wash your hands!
Yes, you, wash them! Here's a quick reminder of best handwashing technique from the CDC. And don't worry, studies show that your bar of soap does NOT pass germs from one user to another. Antibacterial soap is also no longer recommended as it has been found to be no more effective than regular soap at killing germs (and regular soap is very effective). Head to the soap shop for soaps, salves and deodorant.
Farm and Soap Updates
As more people recognize the ability of pastured animals to sustain and regenerate our soils, the more demand there is for grass-fed beef and forest-raised pork. But while a grass-fed steak is an easy sell, tallow and lard may linger in farmers' freezers, unsold.
At Fat Chance Farm we take these fats and turn them into useful products that naturally nourish your skin. This way, what was once a waste product becomes something valuable that farmers can sell.
At Fat Chance Farm we are also dedicated to minimizing waste in our production and packaging. We ship our products without plastic and offer the "no label" option on all of our soaps. You can also try our our Thrifty Soap which is made from our soap scraps.
Regenerating the Soil
The steep, rocky hillsides of Vermont just aren't cut out for acres of monotonous row crops and bare soil. To see these landscapes truly thrive under human care, carefully managed animals are a must.
Only a few years ago, many of our own hilly pastures were a manicured lawn of stunted grass and compacted soil. It is a real joy to watch those same pastures come to life after only a few seasons of grazing cows and pooping poultry!
Our vegetable garden follows the "no dig" philosophy. Instead of tilling up bare soil, we mulch with wood chips and fertilized with plenty of cow and poultry manure.