We purchased this beautiful 60 acre farm in Geauga County, Ohio in May 2013 with the goal of being able to live a more sustainable life & to be able to share our love of great food raised humanely without the routine use of antibiotics or genetically modified feed. We never use chemical fertilizers or pesticides on our farm & everything we grow is grown using organic methods. It is something we personally feel strongly about & it seems there are many others that feel the same.
Our farm is our business, but we are just as passionate about being stewards of this land, so we strive to keep a happy balance. The quality of our product & the health of our animals are extremely important to us & so our philosophy is to work with the seasons of the year. For example, we won't have fresh chicken available November through April because the weather is too cold & wet, the pastures don't grow much & the chickens don't thrive outside in the moveable, bottomless tractors. Our calves, piglets & lambs are generally born in the Spring/Summer so that they can get a good start in life basking in warmth from the sun, playing with the other babies, while still having reassurance from mom & eating fresh pasture.
You will see that many of the breeds of animals we have chosen to raise are on The Livestock Conservancy's Preservation List, an organization which seeks to help promote & save heritage breeds. They are superior tasting & have lots of other great traits but are not 'viable' options from a 'large' commercial perspective - they take longer to get to a profitable weight & they do better on pasture/ in the woods than in a feed lot. However for us they are worth the extra wait - better taste & mounting evidence that grass fed & pasture raised livestock are a healthier alternative both for the animals & for us.
In keeping with our belief that old breeds/varieties taste better & are more nutritious, we have over the last 7 years planted many old American & European heirloom fruit tree/ bush varieties & hope to offer some of the fruits for sale from these trees in 2021. We also will offer many heirloom vegetables, all grown organically on the farm in our nutrient rich soil which is only amended with compost created here.
We'd like you to visit our farm, so you can get to know us & see that we practice what we preach! We will answer all your questions about what we do & why we do it. We really do grow great food & it is not at the expense of the animal's well being; in fact you will see that our animals live happy & healthy lives & are allowed to exhibit all the natural traits & instinctive behaviors of their species.
Tamsin & Scott
Over the years, we have become more aware that while being a sustainable farm is certainly a worthwhile goal, that for us farming has to be regenerative - we have to leave this farm healthier than when we came here.
According to The Savory Institute, the key difference between regenerative agriculture & sustainable agriculture is the intention to regenerate, or renew, the productivity & growth potential of whatever is being regenerated versus just maintaining the same.
We have always managed our farm holistically & practiced multi-species rotational grazing, but we have actively implemented many other conservation projects into the farm including a Monarch Butterfly Preservation, native shrub/tree plantings for wild animal habitat, protection of our waterways etc.
These projects & others will ensure that this land will continue to nourish us, our animals, our customers & all the life above & below the soil for years to come.
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