Masonic Village Farm
Founded in 1910, Masonic Village was built as a self-sustaining retirement community for Free Masons in Elizabethtown, PA that originally grew their own food - cattle for beef and milk, orchards for fruit, and plenty of vegetables. While Masonic Village is still an active retirement community (not just for Masons), only the beef cattle and fruit orchards are still operating. Masonic Village, managed by head farmer Scotty Miller, has a cow-calf operation, meaning they have momma cattle that produce calves that they finish for beef.
Dan Shook raises beef and pork. His beef animals are raised on pasture and finished with grains he grows on his own property. He raises a mix of heritage breed hogs - Old Spot, Berkshire, Duroc, Red Wattle - which he lets roam in woodlots around his property. This allows them to display natural piggy behaviors like rooting for bugs and grubs. Dan is one of the first farmers to give us a shot!
Ste-Wan Farm is run by husband and wife Steve and Wanda Hook in Middleburg, PA. The Hooks are known for raising and showing their pure-bred Simmental cattle. Simmentals are large animals with big steak muscles and spot-on marbling. When we first started out, Ste-Wan's beef were intimidatingly large - their carcasses weighed upwards of nine hundred pounds (huge!). Ste-Wan's beef is exceptional, so we're glad to have more of it. Steve and Wanda raise their animals on pasture and then finish with grains they grow on their own property.
This family farm in Orrstown, PA has been owned and operated by the Timmons family for four generations. Their family enjoys raising high quality cattle together - Billy Timmons, his dad, and his children feed the animals together every morning. Each year they finish about 250 head of cattle and farm close to 350 acres of land. They have a cow-calf herd and also buy from neighboring farms. Billy was named 2019 Franklin County Conservation Farmer of the Year after making BMP additions to their farm.
Tea Creek Farm
Home Winds Farm
Home Winds Farm is run by Ned Lincoln at Gill St. Bernard's School in Gladstone, NJ. He raises primarily Black Angus cattle, with a few holdout Hereford cows. The cattle are grass fed and on pasture 365 days a year, and animals born on the farm stay here until they finish at market weight in about two years. As a diverse teaching farm (also including sheep, goats, chickens, donkeys, apple orchards, and vegetable production) they strive not only to raise high quality animals, but to educate future generations about the fundamental necessity of food production to sustain our civilization, and the relationships between agriculture, economics, ecology, and ethics.