We first started our farm, Simply Grazin’ in Hopewell, New Jersey in 1997. At first, we were raising chickens and gifting them to family and friends.
It was just something that was needed in our community. We did not intend to start a business.
However, over 20 years later, our family business has expanded to include grass-fed beef and pasture-raised pork sold through Whole Foods Market, Fresh Direct, Walden Local Meats, CrowdCow, Skillman Farm Market and Butcher Shop and several other high end butcher shops and restaurants.
We farm approximately 400-acres in the State of New Jersey where we raise 100% grass-fed beef and pasture-raised pork and poultry.
To continue with our standards of animal welfare and field management we control what our livestock eat. Our animals graze only on our land and we make our own hay for the winter months. As our business expanded, we ran out of land in New Jersey. What was once open land when we began farming had been taken out of production and either ended up as large estates or was paved over for strip malls and two-lane highways.
In 2003, we were the first farm in our county to conserve our land through the New Jersey state farmland protection program. At that time, you could buy an acre of farmland for $4,000 per acre. Now the last farmable 100-acres is $22,000 per acre. Today, there is no land available to grow a farm business in Hopewell, NJ. So, Simply Grazin’ now has additional farm operations in New York and Virginia.