Sugar Bug Farm has been lovingly raising animals more than 20 years. We are a family operated farm, committed to offering handmade goods to those who care about the welfare of the animals from which the ingredients are created.
While we always grow organically, what really sets us apart is that our practices are Beyond Humane-the way any animal lover would do it.
In return, they give us excellent raw goods anyone can feel good about purchasing.
Sugar Bug Farm began after many visits to other local farms, trying to find the foods grown by local, happy animals. Despite all of the farms boasting 'Organic, Non-GMO' and 'Pasture Raised' all fell short when it came to the diets and care of the animals. I quickly realized if I wanted happy, healthy animals to provide my family with food and ingredients, I would have to do it myself!
By putting kindness and health first, there are a few things you will notice right away:
First, you won't see any adorable pictures of baby goats being bottle fed. There is no need for us to bottle feed them, because we believe that momma should get to raise her babies herself. The practice of 'pulling the kids' and bottle feeding puts profits first and breaks the bond of momma and baby at birth. At Sugar Bug Farm, we want happy and healthy goat kids and mommas and, as such, we believe in supporting that bond, because momma knows best and we trust her to do her job better than we can.
Next, you will see that our Angora Rabbits aren't housed in cages. For more than 20 years, our rabbits have lived in what is known as a 'colony'. This simply means that the rabbits live in their chosen groups of bunny friends, roaming freely within their colony, happily growing luxury angora fiber and enjoying the good bunny life.
Even our bucks, which can't be kept within the ladies' colonies, rotate between individual pens and enormous cages twice a day, so that they too can enjoy lots of bunny exercise.
We want our bunnies to have ample opportunity to express their
bunny-ness and all the behaviors that come with it.
Additionally, and almost as important as exceptional care and housing, is that all of our animals get species specific diets, which, in most cases, means no grain. For any grains that are fed, we sprout, ferment or grow into fodder, to provide the most nutrient dense feed possible.
Then, we take it another step further and consider our impact on the environment by avoiding corn and soy products, buying local organic feed and turn all our waste into supreme compost and garden soil to use right here and offer to other devoted organic gardeners.