Our little 1880's farm functions in much the same way it has for generations. In fact, when the previous owners presented us with a picture of the farm from the 1930's, we realized that little has changed. The old white farmhouse still sits quietly beneath the towering oaks and the family garden is still cut on the flattest, most fertile ground, just behind the house. Pigs still wander the pasture in front of the old barns and chickens still roam free, pecking and scratching in the grass. While the world around it has sped along, our little farmstead has, for the most part, held its ground. And as the new stewards of this place, we're committed to keeping it that way...not just in terms of appearance, but in the way we grow food. We don't find it old-fashioned or out-of-date to farm the way folks did back then and after a few years of trying it ourselves, we have gained a real respect for people who were able to make a living this way. It's certainly not easy work. We're thankful to the farmers who laid the groundwork for us, building our barns and fencing out our pens, and we promise to do our best to keep the spirit of this little farm alive.
While we recognize that our livestock serves a purpose, to provide our family and others with sustenance, we also feel a responsibility to give our animals the best life we can, right up until the very end. That's why we try to raise them much like our predecessors. We choose not to use artificial hormones or antibiotics and we do not attempt to suppress the natural behaviors of our animals, for example by ringing our hogs' snouts or clipping the wings of our chickens. We acknowledge that there is a place for many different types of farming systems and we do not claim that ours is the only way, but it works well for us and for our animals. If you are interested in learning more about how we do things, we encourage you to visit our product pages.