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Get Naturally Raised and Organic Meats, Eggs and Products Sold Direct to the Consumer from Lucky 3 Farm

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Family-run and veteran-owned, Lucky 3 Farm in Louisburg is not your average farm. Owned by Calvin and Traci Nachtrab, who met while in the Marines, with help from their daughter, Rachel, their farm started in 1999 with land purchased from Traci's grandmother. Add Calvin's experience in dairy farming from growing up on his family's Wisconsin farm and Lucky 3 Farm was born.

Traci Nachtrab observed that clover grows everywhere on their farm, and she has a unique talent for spotting lucky four-leaf clovers. She added, "We decided to extend that luck to our farm name and there are three of us farmers- Lucky 3 Farm."

The farm started as a hobby with a few cattle, Traci tells us. Their expensive hobby turned into a business in 2009 selling 100% grass-fed beef direct to consumers. Today, Lucky 3 Farm also sells pastured, organically fed chicken, eggs and pork. The farm typically has 40 to 50 cattle, 60 to 80 pigs, 1,000 meat chickens and 100 laying hens. You can bet this family keeps busy with all those animals.

But that's not all they offer. The farm has a Zero Waste Project, ensuring no livestock byproduct is wasted. To put these byproducts to their best use, Lucky 3 Farm Provisions was created making all-natural soaps, balms and candles. "Our skin absorbs everything we put on it," explains Nachtrab, who makes all the products by hand. "Tallow and lard are amazing, all-natural, healing moisturizers that are most like our own skin," she continues. Aging Skin Balm is by far the most popular of their products.

Selling directly to the consumer means Lucky 3 Farm is a community-supported agriculture (known as CSA) farm where consumers pay a "subscription fee" each month for a share of the products produced (meats, eggs, jams) that are picked up at the farm or delivered. Subscriptions are limited with a current waitlist. Lucky 3 Farm has four package choices, depending on size of family and food needs, ranging from $125 to $300 a month with a three-month minimum commitment. Unlike many CSAs, Lucky 3 Farm's customers can customize their monthly packages and add-ons are always an options. Others CSA perks include access to the farm's library, a monthly newsletter and recipes.

The family stays especially busy during the spring and summer seasons. According to Nachtrab, "Most of our livestock birth in the spring and summer, we plant/harvest organic grain crops in the summer and we raise all of our meat chickens in the spring and summer." They often get some help from guests at the Farm Stay cottage, who pay to stay, relax, play with the Dwarf Nubian goats in the cottage's backyard pen or learn about the organic livestock farming life by helping with chores.

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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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