O’Connell Organic Acres is located in the rolling hills of the Bankston farming community, and has been in the O’Connell family for over 150 years. Sustainable farming practices have always been one of our top priorities while working the land. The family farm began its certified organic status in 2003.
Our goal is to produce top quality certified organic crops and meat through holistic farm management and husbandry. It is our hope that you will enjoy our products as much as we enjoy providing them to consumers.
Our cattle are 100% grass-fed from start to finish on lush pastures of legumes, herbs, and a variety of grasses during the grazing season. This season typically runs from May through November in Eastern Iowa. During the winter months, the cow/calf pairs and fat cattle are fed a diet of hay bales and occasionally hay silage depending on that year’s harvest. In our current herd of cattle we have a mix of Devon, Hereford, Black Angus, and Red Angus. We currently sell directly to consumers at the Dubuque summer and winter Farmer’s markets.
At just a day old, chicks come to live at the farm under heat lamps for a few weeks until they are ready to transition to outside living conditions. Once chicks are well established to the indoor/outdoor climate, they are permanently housed in a moveable chicken coop out in a pasture. There the chickens spend days foraging on a rotated pasture until they are finished out at approximately 10 weeks. Although the chickens are free ranging outside in their pastured area, they are additionally fed a vegetarian diet of grains consisting mainly of organic corn, organic soybean meal, organic oats, and a variety of vitamins and minerals. Free range organically fed chicken meat is known to have a higher ratio of omega-3 fatty acids and to be leaner due to the chicken being allowed to forage out on pasture.
Our pasture-raised pork has access to the outdoors 24/7 with plenty of fresh-air and a place to run around. This in turn provides the meat with more marbling and a vibrant red color. In addition to being on pasture, the pigs eat a diet of organic grains that include: corn, oats, soymeal, vitamins, and minerals. Health benefits of pastured pork include: higher omega 3’s, higher CLA, and elevated Vitamin E levels.
Contact O’Connell Organic Acres
Contact: Chris O’Connell
Best way to order: Email, Phone, Facebook
Phone: (563) 542-2574