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Known & Grown exists to help farmers within the St. Louis foodshed spread the word about their practices, their products, and the principles that ground their work.

Known & Grown STL is a project of Missouri Coalition for the Environment, on behalf of the St. Louis Food Policy Coalition.

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Five Hen Farm

We are a family farm raising pastured poultry, eggs, and pork. 

“Five Hen Farm is a family-farm owned and operated by farmer Andrew Banks, Sarah Newman, and their 2 children Otto and Maeve. Five Hen Farm produces high-quality pasture raised pork, poultry, and eggs. Our animals are sustainably raised on rotated pasture and in open sunshine to produce happy, healthy animals. We value providing wholesome and nutritious food to our family, friends, and neighbors while eating simply and seasonally.

We participate in the Neighborhhod CoOp Farm Crawl every September hosting an average of 110 people out to the farm. We also host tours for schools, Cub Scout packs, inquisitive customers, and local cabin/B&B guests in the area. We have also hosted Food Works Field Days and donate to local not for profits and community organizations.

Our products are also on the menu of 2 restaurants in Carbondale: Keeper’s Quarters and Global Gourmet.”

“Rotation and rest are the 2 most effective tools we have for growing soil and raising healthy poultry and livestock.”

Visit Our Farm!

Location

1030 Gurley Loop
Buncombe, IL 62912

Visiting Hours

Our farm store is open by appointment 7 days a week.

Shop with us.

Humpday Farmer’s Market
Wednesdays 3:00pm–6:00pm

LEAF Food Hub
Thursday Deliveries

Carbondale Farmer’s Market in Murdale
Saturdays 8:00am–12:00pm

Old Feed Store Farmer’s Market
2nd and 4th Sunday’s 11:00am–3:00pm

Contact us.

Andrew Banks
(618)303-1034

Sarah Newman
(619)614-2394

fivehenfarm@gmail.com

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More About Our Farm

Farm Size

“We own 6 acres, with 5 being in production. We also rent 6.5 and 7 acre pastures that are fully in production. So 19.5 acres total.”

Herd Size

  • 18 hogs
  • 200 turkeys
  • 200 ducks
  • 150-300 laying hens
  • 2000 broilers

Conservation Practices

  • Fence out of waterways
  • Access control
  • Field border
  • Forage and biomass planting
  • Riparian herbaceous cover
  • No synthetic growth hormones for animals
  • Animal access to pasture/forage
  • Pigs do not have nose rings or docked tails
  • Heritage breed of pigs (Berkshire and Hereford)
  • Heritage breeds of egg-laying chickens, including: Barred Rock, Rhode Island Red, and more
  • Chickens are never debeaked

 

Rotation

“Our laying hens are rotated 1-2 times per week, depending on the season and forage available. Broiler chickens are moved daily, hogs are rotated every 1-3 weeks, depending on what our goals are for their impact on the land as well as forage available. Turkeys and ducks are rotated weekly. All animals (except broilers) are raised within electrified net fencing; broilers are raised in field shelters called chicken tractors. All housing is mobile, built on skids or trailers, to move with the animals throughout the season.”

Animal Feed

“All of our animals are fed a non-GMO feed to supplement their pasture forage. The grain is grown and milled within 100 miles of our farm (Jackson, MO).”