Grateful Akers is a small family farm in central Alabama with a focus on organic produce, heritage livestock, hatching eggs, and honey. It all started in the suburbs with a few goats, and took root when we chose our animals over our neighborhood. We bought a few acres in the country, and decided to use our land to cultivate a more self-sufficient and sustainable lifestyle. The farm really took off once we realized that sharing our vision and harvest with others could help us reach our goals faster. Our overall mission is to sustainably and ethically produce as much of our own food as possible, while encouraging and helping others to do the same. We try to grow our crops as holistically as possible, using a variety of techniques drawing from regenerative agriculture to organic gardening. We consider all of our animals a part of the family and give them free-range access to a variety of pasture, allowing their daily routines to reflect a more natural lifestyle. We wholeheartedly believe that the extra space and autonomy makes for both happier and healthier animals, and are proud to offer what we consider to be some of the best sheep, turkeys, chickens, and eggs you can find in central Alabama.
Hatching eggs, sold weekly
American Blackbelly lambs, Spring 2021
Narragansett Turkey poults, Spring 2021
Nigerian Dwarf kids, Spring 2021
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.
Home to a mixed flock of about 40 chickens, we sell dozens of eggs on a weekly basis. We also sell roosters fairly regularly throughout the summer, and occasionally hens or chicks. Our permanent breeders include Crested Cream Legbars & Ameraucanas, however other breeds are available from time to time.
Our herd consists of 10 Nigerian Dwarfs: our blue-eyed flock sire Garth, our breeding dams Wynona & Fiona, and their 7 offspring. The goats hold a special place in our heart, as Wynona & Fiona were our first livestock and the impetus for Grateful Akers.
Dozier and Atticus are our ridiculously handsome miniature donkeys. An indispensable pair on our farm, they mow the pasture, welcome guests, and help our Livestock Guardian Dogs keep the pasture free from predators and snakes.
No homestead that raises small livestock is complete without Livestock Guardian Dogs, and it's hard to beat Great Pyrenees when it comes to flock protection. LGD's are an integral part of our free-range setup, and without them continuously watching over the flock we'd be forced to confine many of our animals to protect them from predation.
What you eat today, walks & talks tomorrow. 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 grow more and rely less on the grocery store.
Hatched June 2020 out of eggs shipped all the way from North Dakota, Big Bertha and Lucy are our newest and possibly most striking members of the family. They're Dewlap Toulouse geese, one of the largest breeds on the planet. Inquisitive and imposing, these two are great at warding off poultry predators and announcing guests.
*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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