Links and Resources

We are pleased to provide our guests and customers with the following links to the various organizations that Deerfield Ranch recognizes and supports.   Each of these organizations plays a vital role in the advancement and preservation of  rare animal breeds.  We have included a brief description of each organization from their respective websites, but we encourage you to visit their websites to learn more about them.

  

The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect over 180 breeds of livestock and poultry from extinction. Included are asses, cattle, goats, horses, sheep, pigs, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys.  Founded in 1977, the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy is the pioneer organization in the U.S. working to conserve historic breeds and genetic diversity in livestock. We hope you’ll browse through these pages and learn more about the diverse and valuable agricultural heritage that is ours to enjoy and to steward.

 

  

The American Mulefoot Hog Association is dedicated to the preservation of a rare and endangered breed.. This rare breed makes a priceless contribution to American agriculture, and the preservation of genetic diversity for all countries. Many nearly extinct or endangered breeds of animals may hold valuable keys to medical cures, immunity and breed preservation/improvement, thereby benefiting the entire planet. We are committed to preserving the Mulefoot to benefit future generations of humans and animals. We strive to add new members so we will be able to grow and expand. We also want to have fun while communicating on the internet, phone or by the occasional visit. By developing relationships and friendships, the organization will become even stronger.  We aim to further promote the interests of our association and our members to the community. We strive to make a difference by educating the public and expanding our reach.

  

 The Jacob Sheep Breeder’s Association (JSBA) took over the work begun by the American Minor Breeds Conservancy , now know as the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. The AMBC began identifying Jacob Sheep in North America in 1985. By 1988, the AMBC assisted the JSBA in forming a breed association and registry from a core group of breeders interested in the continuance and conservation of the breed. The first JSBA flock book was published the following year with over 400 animals inspected and registered. By 2006, over 10,000 Jacob Sheep had been registered by JSBA. Despite a steady increase in numbers, the American Jacob is still listed as a rare breed by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.

 

 

Local Harvest is an online directory that helps people locate food grown in their area via sustainable and/or organic methods.  With over 14,000 family farm and farmers market listing, LocalHarvest.org is a great tool for connecting with your local farmers.  Visit Deerfield Ranch at Local Harvest.

 

 

Slow Food USA is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to supporting and celebrating the food traditions of North America through programs and activities dedicated to Taste Education, Defending Biodiversity and Building Food Communities. Slow Food USA believes that pleasure and quality in everyday life can be achieved by slowing down, respecting the convivial traditions of the table and celebrating the diversity of the earth’s bounty.  Slow Food has helped promote the preservation of rare and endangered livestock breeds by putting them on the table

Slow Food USA envisions a future food system that is based on the principles of high quality and taste, environmental sustainability, and social justice – in essence, a food system that is good, clean and fair. (see below) We seek to catalyze a broad cultural shift away from the destructive effects of an industrial food system and fast life; toward the regenerative cultural, social and economic benefits of a sustainable food system, regional food traditions, the pleasures of the table, and a slower and more harmonious rhythm of life.

 

 

Slow Food’s Ark of Taste aims to rediscover and catalogue forgotten flavors by documenting excellent food products that are in danger of disappearing. Since the international initiative began in 1996, more than 800 products from over 50 countries have been added to the international Ark of Taste.  The Ark of Taste serves as a resource to those interested in reviving rare breeds and learning about endangered foods, with the goal of encouraging the continued production and consumption of these delicious foods. Ark of Taste nominations in the United States are reviewed by a committee of Slow Food USA members. Nominated foods are reviewed on an on-going basis.

 

 

We are very fortunate to have Dykes Creek Farm Supply just down the road to support our operations at Deerfield Ranch.  Whatever your farm or ranch needs, Dykes Creek Farm Supply has it, can find it, or they can build it, and all at affordable prices.  If you are looking for new and used trailers, tractors,  farm equipment, fencing, pet/livestock supplies, feed and general farm supplies including equine products you have come to the right place!  Give them a call or visit their website by clicking on the logo.