Our farm was founded in 2012 when the we purchased land in Ashe county North Carolina. The land is a lot of slope and has been cleared terribly so by the previous owner. We have chosen the Locust tree (black locust and thornless honeylocusts) to symbolize our growth. The Locust tree is beautiful, durable, resistant to rot, high btu, protective, resilient, capable of thriving in the poorest of soil, fixes nitrogen into the soil, and creates blooms for the best of honey.
In 2014 We happily made our first purchase of Scottish Highland Cattle led by our main bull “Abraham”. Also a Pregnant Jenny who in 2015 had herself a fowl “Millie”.
In 2015 One final purchase was made for 8 more Scottish Highland cows who have successfully joined the growing herd we currently have restoring the property.
Another passion which was inspired by raising cattle is our usage of Managed Intensive Grazing by rotating the animals through smaller paddocks which are consistent in size, slope, shape and access to water from a fresh spring. This much more labor intensive managing ensures our grass fed animals have fresh new grass and evenly deposit manure throughout each paddock. Calves are happy, our relationships grow, and the health of everyone is high.
In 2016 our farm expanded to a wonderful mix of poultry which includes Chickens, Guinea fowl and Muscovy ducks. All enjoy roaming and picking away at wild forages.
In 2017 we added four Alpine dairy goats to our family here, we are at eight and helping keep our undesirables (aka weeds) under control.
In 2018 two Haflinger horses joined us here, Clyde and Doc. They currently enjoy the open pastures with plans to help pull and for transport.
In 2019 we have brought on some pigs. Four are mini juliana/potbelly mixes who have been moved in a mobile pen as little tillers. Mid 2019 we brought on two KuneKune pasture grazing pigs (a sow and a boar). We are very excited to have crossed our KuneKune with the Minis to create a wonderful mix of piglets that we do rehome to caring homes.
Since the beginning our goal here is to create a safe haven for animals and humans alike. To restore the property back to nature’s rhythm as much as possible, repairing the damage done only a few years ago.
You can keep track of our progress here on our blogs or if any questions comment below
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Hi I found your page after my husband, John who works at day and nite pawn in Fayetteville NC, spoke to you about how we hope to one day have Scottish highland cattle also. We currently raise chickens, turkeys, ducks, rabbits, and goats. Hoping to add Highland cattle and heritage breed pigs to our small far after we purchase land in Wilkes county NC. We are unable to do pasture rotation were we currently live due to limited space. But hope to adopt Joel Salatins methods of pasture management for our animals after we move. I look forward to following your blog because we too want to provide a “safe haven for animals and humans”
OH my husband spoke to your dad. He was telling about the different color highland cattle y’all have.
Hi, I found your site because we are looking at getting some Highland cattle and have one pasture area near black locusts. I have read a lot about black locust toxicity so I was pretty surprised to find that it is your mascot! Do you have any experience with toxicity from the black locust trees?
No not at all. The cattle and goats love black locusts forage. Do not worry, the toxicity reports are false. Good luck!
Facsinating history. Thank you.
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