Parideaza Farms supplies us with grass-fed lambs which are certified Halal. They also supply a large variety of fruits and vegetables.
About Parideaza Farms
Dr. Rhonda Janke and Raad Al-Ani
Farmers for Parideaza Farms. Both are also staff at Kansas State University. Raad teaches Geology and Rhonda teaches sustainable agriculture and horticulture.
Motto: "Good food for good people."
Location of Parideaza Farms
Wamego, KS (18.3 miles from People's Grocery Cooperative)
Are you open to Farm Visits?
By appointment only, depending on availability. They host open houses a couple times a year.
How long have you had your farm?
Can you give us a brief history of your farm?
"I purchased the house and 10 acres in 1994. It was certified organic through OCIA from 1997-2000. I stopped in 2001 because fees were $300-400 per year and going up, and gross income from the farm is less than $5,000 so it did not make sense to continue. I started with fruit and vegetable and chickens and added bees and sheep later."
Which, if any, organic certification does your farm have? If none, do you use organic or conventional practices?
All organic practices, but not certified.
What would you like People’s Grocery Co-Op shoppers to know about your products? What sets you apart?
We are small producers- livestock all have plenty of outdoor space and are treated well.
What vision do you have for the future of your farm and/or the future of food?
We hope to pass our farm on to younger farmer in the next 5 to 10 years. Small farms have a role to play in a locally grown food system that cares about and builds community.
Livestock at Parideaza Farms
What animals do you raise?
Chickens, Sheep, Bees
Do you feed your animals organic or conventional grains?
Purchase only organic grain- from KOP via Ed Reznide. Purchase organic hay when available from Darrell Parks. They mostly graze though.
Which chemicals (antibiotics, de-wormer, hormones, etc.) do you use? How often?
Chickens and eggs are 100% organic and could be certified except for cost. We only use dewormed 2-3 times per year with the sheep- this is the only non-organic practice except when we have to buy non-organic hay for them.
Describe the type of grazing system you employ. (For example, do you rotate your pastures/rangeland? Do you use fertilizer or plant seeds for forage?)
Our animals graze natural prairie and replanted grass on 2-4 acre pastures. Used phos (phosphorous?) fertilizer once on non-native planting interceded
When supplementing your feed, what type of feed do you use? Do you make an effort to avoid GMOs?
When we do purchase organic hay we request non-GMO alfalfa
Do you feed your animals vitamins and/or use mineral blocks?
Yes. These are allowed in organic standards.
Where is your meat processed? What are your slaughtering practices?
It is processed in Frankfort and it is Halah. (Islamic, throat is slit to bleed animal similar to Kosher).
Apiary at Parideaza Farms
Which chemicals, if any, do you use? How often? Are you aware of any used by others in close proximity to your apiary?
We do not use any chemicals, herbicides, etc. on the bee’s hives. Neighboring crop farms are conventional so bees have exposure to chemicals from those farms.
What kind of sources are your bees likely gathering from?
It seems their first choice is flowery plants in our garden and yard. Neighboring farms produce alfalfa, soybeans, and corn and are also accessed by the bees, which means possible exposure to GMOs. This is practically unavoidable in KS.
Is your honey pasteurized?
Is your honey filtered?
Through wire mesh to remove wax.
How close is a water source to your beehives?
Very close to hives- sheep and chicken water and lily pond in garden.
Crops at Parideaza Farms
What crops and products do you produce? In what season do they grow?
A wide variety. Lots of greens in the spring (lettuce, spinach, kale, lambs quarters, chard) as well as broccoli. In the summer, beets, garlic, onions, peppers, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and more. We also have berries, apricots, peaches, apples, cherries, and much more.
What farm management/operational practices do you use?
We are non-certified organic for all crops. We use home-produced compost for soil fertility, hand weeding, purchased and/or raised seed, and use “allowed” pest control methods and products.
Which sprays do you use on which crops, and how often do you use them?
We use BT on our brassica (cruciferous, mustard, and cabbage plants) sometimes weekly. We use spinosad and rotenone on eggplants as needed (about 3-4 times a year).
What are your tillage practices? (how many times a year, what kind)
As needed- hand dig between crop cycles or when harvesting potatoes, sweet potatoes, or garlic.
Tell us a little about your crop rotation. Do you use cover crops?
Sweet potato-garlic-salad crops or beans-onion-potato-etc. Aim for 2-3 years between plant family. Cover crop used is hairy vetch.
What is your fertilizer source and types?
We use compost from sheep and chicken manure.
What are your soil conservation practices (mulching, erosion control, etc.)?
Cover crops or mulch covers bare ground at all times.