Chatham County Couple Embraces Alternative Farming
Posted August 10, 2001 3:33 a.m. EDT
CHATHAM COUNTY — Farming is not what it used to be, and the as the demand for natural products grows, so does acceptance of new styles of farming. Susan Loriane and her husband have embraced alternative farming.
"We raise antibiotic-free, hormone-free, and, most importantly, animal-by-product-free pork, beef, chickens and eggs," said Loriane.
All of the animals live in the open air. The perception of this alternative type of farming is changing.
"It's no longer confined to the long hair types, it's now middle America," said Loriane.
The Lorianes recently added Asian water buffalos to their farm -- rare in this state
"They are going to be used to make mozzarella cheese and the authentic mozzarella is not made from cow's milk, but from water buffaloe's milk," said Loriane.
Loriane once fought the traffic and crowds. She owned a printing business in Manhattan, but that life style was wearing her family down.
"My husband said 'that's it -- we are out of here,' we moved and I said 'I can't do this, I have bills to pay.' And he said 'don't worry, God will provide' and I said 'right!'" laughed Loriane.
But they say he did provide, and now it as as much about the food they produce as the lifestyle.
"It makes the quality of the product taste better and we believe it is more natural for the animal and healthier," said Loriane.
The Lorianes prove times are changing, and even though alternative agriculture may never feed the whole world, it is being accepted by a wider range of people.
"I believe in all honesty this is what we are supposed to be doing," said Loriane.
The meat and eggs from the Nu Horizon farm do cost more, but only about 10 percent more than supermarket prices