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‘Beyond organic’: Amonite farm, Heritage Hills Farmstead

By AMY HENDERSON, The Cullman Times

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — Heritage Hills Farmstead’s Karl and Karli Amonite began growing their own meat and eggs on Karli’s family farm years ago as a way of providing their small family with better quality food. Then their organically-grown produce operation began to grow, well, organically.

Karl, who studied exercise science/kinesiology in college, and Karli, a nutritionist, knew the importance of eating healthy foods, especially because Karli has an autoimmune disease. “We know the value of consuming the highest quality, nutrient dense food possible,” said Karl. “We’ve kind of figured out what’s best for our bodies.”

But they had a hard time finding what they were looking for. “We took matters into our own hands,” he said. “We set out on this adventure, just doing it ourselves.”

Karl came from an agricultural community but had no actual farm experience, but Karli grew up on her family’s farm in Northwest Cullman County and that’s where they began their operations.

After several years, and multiple inquiries from friends and neighbors, the Amonite’s began marketing their produce — eggs, chickens, turkey, hogs and beef — to the public in 2017.

They’re now shipping produce across the country, and delivering to homes in North Alabama, along with some in Tennessee.

“It started kind of organically happening,” said Karl.

The couple shuns the term “organic” when it comes to labeling their produce, noting that under the official USDA designation, some additives that meet USDA standards can be used.

“We rose above the label ‘organic.’ We feel its a term that’s been overused,” said Karl. “We like to think of ourselves as beyond organic. In our sense, it means the original state without anything added to it.”

At Heritage Hills Farmstead, the laying chickens have free-run of the farm; the cows graze on hundreds of acres of pasture year-round and the hogs forage in the woods for their food.

“We provide great habitats for species of all kinds,” said Karl. The result, he said, are happy animals. “We want to make to make sure our animals are humanely raised, so they’re not stressed.

“We feel like overfeeding is a huge problem – for humans and for farms,” he added. “Our practices are more slow growing, it’s a lengthier process. We feel there’s more of a health benefit to our products.”

While the chicken and cattle are grain-free, the Amonites do provide supplemental grain to the hogs to help them through the winter, but stay away from soy and corn. “The hogs right now are in acorn and hickory and walnut heaven,” said Karl.

He said he and his family, which includes 4-year-old Klaire and 8-month-old Kate, love the animals and are grateful to them. Knowing how the animals were raised, what they ate and that they were happy animals also makes the Amonites and their customers feel better about what they’re consuming. “We say to them, ‘thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice for us, so we can eat healthy,’”

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Shilpa Shetty Kundra’s latest fitness video is all about performing Vrikshasana in the lap of Manali hills – fitness

Feeding our screen sore eyes with the greenery and tranquility of the mountains, Hungama 2 star Shilpa Shetty Kundra shared a throwback video from Manali and instantly pumped up drooping workout mood. Featuring her working out in the tranquil and serene environment of the picturesque Manali, Shilpa’s latest fitness video brushed aside netizens’ Monday blues.

Taking to her Instagram handle, Shilpa shared the video that gives a glimpse of her peaceful exercise routine while she was in Manali for the shooting schedule of Hungama 2. Standing bare feet on the sunkissed grass in the lap of nature, Shilpa was seen donning a white spaghetti top teamed with a pair of black Yoga pants.

Pulling back her hair in a no-nonsense high ponytail so that her tresses do not meddle with her intense workout, Shilpa performed the Yoga pose Vrikshasana. Stretching out her hands above her head and pointing them directly upwards, Shilpa clasped them together in anjali mudra.

Gazing in the distance, she shifted the weight to her left leg while the right knee was bent in half lotus position. She elaborated in the caption, “#MondayMotivation A tranquil and serene environment like the picturesque Manali is perfect for aligning the mind, body, and soul. Being able to become one with nature and practice the Vrikshasana gives me a sense of achievement, especially because getting the right balance isn’t always easy (sic).”

The actor added, “When there’s a lot of noise within, even the quietest of places can feel chaotic. So, it’s extremely important to calm your mind, align your thoughts, and compose yourself before you practise this asana (sic).”

Sharing some benefits of the Yoga asana, Shilpa wrote, “The shift of the entire body’s weight to each leg strengthens the ligaments and tendon of the feet. It also helps strengthen the thighs, calves, & ankles; and helps improve focus. Start your day on a positive note with yoga (sic).”

 

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A tranquil and serene environment like the picturesque Manali is perfect for aligning the mind, body, and soul. Being able to become one with nature and practice the Vrikshasana gives me a sense of achievement, especially because getting the right balance isn’t always easy. When there’s a lot of noise within, even the quietest of places can feel chaotic. So, it’s extremely important to calm your mind, align your thoughts, and compose yourself before you practise this asana. The shift of the entire body’s weight to each leg strengthens the ligaments and tendon of the feet. It also helps strengthen the thighs, calves, & ankles; and helps improve focus. Start your day on a positive note with yoga 🧘🏻‍♀️ 🧘🏻‍♂️ @simplesoulfulapp . . . . . #MondayMotivation #SwasthRahoMastRaho #FitIndia #yoga #YogaSeHiHoga #vrikshasana #GetFit2020 #throwbackvideo #fitness #healthylifestyle #ManaliDiaries #Hungama2

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The tree pose Yoga or Vrikshasana also assists the body in establishing pelvic stability and strengthens the bones of the hips

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