Our family farming heritage began with my Great, Great, Great…..(9 generations ago) Grandfather Johannes. He, his wife and their 3 children departed from Saxony, Germany on April 20th, 1734 aboard the Ship St. Andrew, mastered by Captain John Stedman. They landed at Philadelphia, PA on Sept. 22 and eventually settled our family’s first "New World" farm just North of Philly near Society Run in Frederick Township, Montgomery County, Pa., in 1743. Pig farming was our family’s specialty until the mid 1950s. A lot has changed since then. Our current farm location is in the heart of Marcellus Shale country in Bradford County, PA. We call it the Little Texas of the North. Our modest BQA herd includes 15 cow/calf pairs of 100% Grass-fed purebred Beefalo & 45-50 year-round pastured Tamworth/Duroc, Tamworth/Hampshire & Duroc/Spot pigs. We organically maintain 158 acres, comprising 18 acres in rotational pastures, 15 acres in tillable cropland, and alfalfa/mixed grass hay on the balance acreage. We have never used chemical pesticides or herbicides on our pastures or hay fields. We are not a "certified" organic farming operation, and never will be. But we prefer the natural/organic approach to help promote sustainability of our land and livestock.
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