Our Farm Story
Who We Are
In Fall 2014, my wife Claire and I leapt into the unknown to start Loch Holland Farm. Our farm dream led us to a place named Saulsbury. However, I have always known this place as simply, “the country.” Our 167-acre mix of pasture, lake, and woodland has been in my family for over four generations. It has lived through the collapse of the rural farm economy and exodus of much of the rural population. For some in my family it has been a place to escape from in order to better oneself and one’s prospects. For others it has served as a place to escape to, a place of repose in nature and a place to remember our family’s past.
We’re hoping to write a new chapter while honoring the history of this place.
In response to the crises that we face in our food system, Wendell Berry writes, “the care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.” So that’s what a sixth grade reading teacher and a philosopher-turned-farmer left the comforts of the city and the safety of a full-time salary to do. We hope to make this little farm part of a new, just food system and to “share in the ownership of the land and thus be bound to it by economic interest, by the investment of love and work, by family loyalty, by memory and tradition.”
Our Farming Philosophy
We aim to produce high quality products that are environmentally sustainable, ethically sound, and, of course, incredibly delicious. In pursuing these goals we practice multi-species rotational grazing, mimicking the natural, sequential grazing practices of species in the wild. This allows our livestock to live stress free lives based on their biology, while also improving the quality of our pasture and reducing parasites for each species. We take a scientific approach to animal husbandry, focusing on illness prevention and only using antibiotics and other medications to treat sick animals. Finally, we focus on eliminating “waste” by finding a productive use for things like whey, spent grain, and manure that often find their way into our waste stream and water systems.
We also embrace the idea that “food is more than fuel.” As our farm seeks to become part of an alternative food system, we invite our customers to participate in shaping our farm and their food system. We hope to create opportunities for customers to learn about how their food is produced and to help shape the practices that produce that food. How we choose to eat connects us to each other and to the earth in profound, transcendent ways. We hope that our conversations with our customers and their interactions directly on our farm will enhance those connections in meaningful ways.