Miele Farms llc is located in Ramah Colorado, owned and operated by Julie Miele. This small family farm operates on forty acres with additional land leases. Julie has spent many years in the cattle industry, during which time she developed a passion for raising healthy and happy cattle. As Julie's family grew she also developed a passion for feeding her family the healthiest food possible. Both of these passions combined to create Miele Farms llc, a pasture based, sustainably managed farm; focused on raising healthy food in an environmentally beneficial manner.
Miele Farms believes in the continued development, support and evolution of sustainable agriculture. As the global population increases and the demand for food increases, there is increased pressure on land resources. With an integrated system of plant and animal production, as a nation we can:
“Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”
- Michael Pollan
"You, as the food buyer, have the distinct privilege of proactively participating in shaping the world your children will inherit."
- Joel Salatin
Miele Farms is committed to sustainable agriculture. We continually improve our program and the environment through Management Intensive Rotational Grazing (MIRG) and species stacking. By implementing these ideals we are able to create animals that show major differences in the nutritional quality of the products they produce for human consumption.
MIRG takes rotational grazing to a whole new level and commitment. We are constantly moving our animals to new pastures/rested areas. Our primary goal is to always leave each area with vegetation and never allow complete removal exposing bare dirt. Resting the land allows the vegetation to renew, builds stronger root systems and increases top soil health and depth; all of which gives us better grazing. The end result is a more mature and balanced ecosystem which meets all of our animals energy requirements. Increasing our production with MIRG lets us meet the needs of our grazers without supplemental feed sources. MIRG eliminates our need for wormers besides the occasional use of diatomaceous earth, because we constantly move the animals, leaving the parasites behind to die off. With managed grazing the animals are able to spread out and exist in a more natural environment. This is better for their growth and development, also exposing them to less harmful bacteria. By using MIRG we are less susceptible to soil erosion and our pastures have better fertility.
Integrating species stacking into MIRG allows us to utilize all of the forages each pasture offers and prevents one species of forage from dominating the pasture. Species stacking simply means grazing multiple species of animals in which all species benefit from the symbiotic relationship with the other species. For instance our cattle graze certain forages, then the pigs root through different plants exposing them for the other animals. All while the cattle and sheep are aware of would be predators, in turn helping the pigs. Often times we finish the pastures with the use of poultry. Poultry manure contains all 13 of the essential plant nutrients that are used by plants.
The end result is that our system of farming increases the amount of and health qualities of protein produced, enhances the environment and develops a biodiverse ecosystem on our pasture lands. Ensuring that our pasture land is viable for futures generations.