Producer Profile: Evergreen Students for Sustainable Animal Agriculture
The Evergreen Students for Sustainable Animal Agriculture (ESSAA) is a student run club that educates students on animal agriculture, animal husbandry and gives them the opportunity to participate in the management of the ewes and lambs throughout their lifecycle, educating the students on everything from animal health and reproduction to pasture management and marketing.
The ESSAA’s flock of 20 ewes are pastured in the Olympia area. The ewes and their lambs are managed by students at the Evergreen State College. Grass finished, the ewes and lambs live on grass pastures their whole lives. Portable fencing is used to rotate grazing areas for the health of the animals and of the land.
Although not currently certified organic, their ewes and lambs are never fed antibiotics, instead the ESSAA opts for preventative management.
They work hard to target the potential for disease before it becomes an issue requiring treatment. For example, the ESSAA rotates pasture often to help minimize parasite problems; they individually trim hooves of every single ewe to help reduce the likelihood of foot rot; they make sure that each and every lamb receives adequate colostrum immediately when it’s born to prevent scours.
Each purchase of lamb through Full Circle supports the education of students in animal husbandry and agriculture. This sharing of animal husbandry knowledge and opportunity for experiential learning is critical to the sustainability of agriculture. That’s why Full Circle continues to partner with growers and farmers that are raising animals responsibly, without GMO feed, unnecessary antibiotics, on a diet natural to their species.
Full Circle is proud to partner with the ESSAA and other farms like it. To learn more about Full Circle partners visit our Food Sources page. You can also learn more about the ESSAA on their Facebook page.