As our business expanded, we ran out of land to farm in New Jersey. So, in 2010, we purchased a 400-acre property on County Route 17 in Fort Ann, NY. We converted the dairy barns for our hog operation and transitioned the fields to organic hay. In 2016, we purchased the 150-acre Gibbs Road Farm in Hartford, NY. And, in 2017 we purchased an additional 250-acres of farmland in Hartford, NY, as well as 300-acres in Fort Edward, NY.
Along the way, we fell in love with the rural beauty of the area and we have moved our business headquarters to Washington County as well.
At our New York farm locations we raise beef (Red Angus, Black Angus, Simmental, and Hereford), pork (conventional breeds: Duroc, Yorkshire, Landrace; and heritage breeds: Red Waddles, Herefords, Mangalitsa, Mulefoot and cross breeds of all), poultry (Broiler Chickens and Broad Breasted White turkeys) and lamb.
Our Fort Edward, NY farm features a unique set-up for sows and their piglets, which is the back bone of our gestation and farrowing crate free operation. Once the sows are ready to give birth, they are moved indoors to a 12′ x 8′ stall where the mother can interact with her piglets, and then a smaller, heated section is attached to each stall where only the piglets can enter to sleep and stay. This smaller section helps reduce injury or death to piglets, which is one of the most challenging factors when farrowing without farrowing crates.
One of our Fort Ann, NY locations is a 400-acre farm that serves as a grow-out facility for our pork and also provides additional pasture for our cattle. It’s also an excellent resource for our winter forages. An additional location in Granville, NY is 150-acres and also provides much needed pasture, a grow-out facility, and outbuildings that support our ever expanding agricultural operation in New York.
Now, we are protecting our Upstate NY farm land in Hartford, Fort Ann and Fort Edward, through a state farmland protection grant given to us by the governor’s office in December 2018.
If you want to buy locally produced food, you have to conserve the land, you have to protect the farmers, and you have to support the agricultural infrastructure. This is a great place to farm. We’re here for the long-term and we want to make sure there is a solid base of farms, farmers and farm businesses. We want to build partnerships with other farmers to ensure that this area doesn’t become overrun with development.