Livestock

OUR LIVESTOCK plays a special role on the farm.  Pigs can be found turning over fallow vegetable beds or helping us renovate woodland areas, chickens and turkeys add nutrients to our hay ground and goats provide manure for our compost piles.  Our cattle help cycle nutrients on our pastures and hay ground.  All of our livestock is Animal Welfare Approved and is fed GMO-free feed and has access to unlimited fresh water.

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We raise a variety of pig breeds, including Duroc, Yorkshire, Hampshire, Old Spot and Hereford.  We source our piglets from Melinda Brown at Never Ending Farm, as her farm is Animal Welfare Approved and her sows and piglets are raised with access to the outdoors.  You can purchase our pork at the Watauga County Farmers Market, through the ATG Meat CSA or by buying a Pig Share (a pig custom cut especially for you).

 

 

Photo by Alistair Burke

 

We added cattle to our farm in 2015.  We source our weaned steers and heifers from Holly’s Dad, George, who farms in Ashe County.  George raises Herefords, the same breed of cattle Holly’s Great-Grandfather raised, on some of the same land that the family has farmed for 200 years.  The cattle are raised exclusively on grass and hay and only feed GMO-free grain as treats.  You can purchase our beef at the Watauga County Farmers Market, through the ATG Meat CSA or online at the High Country Food Hub.

 

 

 

Freedom Rangers are prized by consumers and chefs for the tender quality of their meat and excellent flavor.  They have been bred specifically to be raised on pasture and to grow more slowly.  As a result, they are excellent foragers and are hardy to the cool nights of our mountain climate.  Our chicken is available at the Watauga County Farmers Market, through the ATG Meat CSA or online at the High Country Food Hub.

 

 

 

 

We also raise approximately 100 turkeys for sale during the Holiday Season every year, including both heritage and commercial breeds.  Just like the rest of our livestock, our turkeys are raised on GMO-free feed and pasture, and have unlimited access to fresh water.  Our turkeys sell out fast, so RESERVE yours early!

 

 

 

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Look for our meats at local High Country restaurants, including Lost Province Brewing Company and Melanie’s Food Fantasy, and at our booth at Watauga County Farmers Market (May-November 8am-12noon).

 

 

 

Photo by Alistair Burke

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