During the past 20 years, we have eliminated the need for pesticides on our farm through the use of crop rotation, intensively managed irrigated pasture development, and sound animal nutrition practices. Livestock are rotated through lush pastures during the growing season and fed stored forages during the short winter period. Soil fertility is maintained and improved by the animals themselves and through the use of compost, soil minerals, and supplemental micronutrients. All of these factors combine to create a viable soil mineral cycle, which provides the basis for healthy plant and animal nutrition, producing meats and vegetables of unsurpassed flavor and quality without the use of pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones.