Grateful Akers is a small family farm focused on self-sufficiency and sustainability. We strive to live off the land with as little human disruption as possible, and try to help others do the same. Using closed-loop agriculture and free-range husbandry, we do our best to minimize waste while maximizing output and quality. We grow our food and raise our animals without pesticides, herbicides, or steroids and restrict our limited use of antibiotics and vaccines to non-food producing livestock. All of our animals are given unrestricted access to a variety of pasture so that their daily routine and diet reflect their natural lifestyles as closely as possible. Each animal on our farm is considered a part of the family, and we do what we can to ensure that their lives here are both happy and healthy. We wholeheartedly believe that the extra space and autonomy we give our animals yields better results, and are proud to offer what we consider to be some of the best sheep, turkeys, chickens, eggs, and honey you can find in central Alabama.
Hatching eggs, sold weekly
American Blackbelly lambs, born mid April
Dewlap Toulouse goslings, hatched June 21
Narragansett Turkey tom, hatched Spring 2019
Nigerian Dwarf Goat kids October 2020
In 2018 we brought 3 Narragansett turkeys home from North Carolina on a whim, and quickly fell in love with this beautiful yet hardy heritage breed. We've since incorporated lines from other breeders, and are excited to offer poults & hatching eggs out of our pasture-raised flock each spring.
We're the proud owners of a small flock of registered American Blackbelly, an uncommon breed of sheep renowned for their hardy nature, trophy horn development, lean but flavorful meat, and almost unrivaled disease resistance. A great choice of livestock for almost any homestead, we typically sell lambs twice per year.
Home to a mixed flock of about 40 chickens, we have dozens of eggs available for purchase on a weekly basis. We also regularly sell hatching eggs and occasionally chicks. Our permanent breeders include Crested Cream Legbars & Ameraucanas, however other breeds are available from time to time.
Our herd consists of 8 Nigerian Dwarfs: our blue-eyed flock sire Garth, our breeding dams Wynona & Fiona, and their 6 offspring. The goats hold a special place in our heart, as Wynona & Fiona were our first livestock & the impetus for Grateful Akers.
Dozier and Atticus are our ridiculously handsome miniature donkeys. They mow the pasture, welcome guests, keep the other animals in line, and help our Livestock Guardian Dogs keep the pasture free from intruders, predators, and snakes.
What you eat today, walks & talks tomorrow. Organic gardening is a big part of our mission to sustainably produce as much of what we consume as our busy lives will allow. Though we are by no means experts at growing our own food, each season we make valuable mistakes that help us produce more the next.
The newest members of our farm family, Dewlap Toulouse goslings hatched June 2020! More information coming soon
No homestead that raises small livestock is complete without Livestock Guardian Dogs, and Great Pyrenees are among the best. LGDs are an integral part of our free-range setup, and without them guarding the flock we'd be forced to confine many of our animals to protect them from predators.
*In light of COVID-19, we are minimizing visitors to the farm, and taking social-distancing precautions in all transactions. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and hope that you and your family stay happy and healthy during this pandemic.
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NPIP Certification Pending