How We Farm
We strongly believe that cows raised on a 100% grassfed diet and free to roam in the pasture produce one of the most healthful, nutritionally complete foods known to man: milk. The Brown Swiss breed produces milk that is ideally suited in protein and fat levels to the yogurt, cheese, and ice cream we produce. And you can’t fault us for thinking they are awfully pretty, too.
Our Farming Practices, at a glance:
Pasture-based, 100% grassfed system
Our herd’s diet consists entirely of pasture grasses designed specifically for maximum health and sustainability; we manage around 400 acres of pastureland for this purpose. Our animals never receive any grain or corn. Our pasture-based system honors the natural design of our animals, rather than working against it, and keeps our herd outdoors, healthy, happy, and producing 100% grassfed milk high in protein and naturally-occurring healthy fats like Omega-3, CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid), and essential vitamins and minerals.
Rotational grazing with minimal inputs
With a rotational grazing system, our herd moves locations multiple times a day, to ensure that both our animals and pastures are well-nourished. We uphold a holistic view of our dairy production and work hard to maintain an integrated, self-sustaining system that connects our animals, their waste products, and the soil, with additional inputs only when necessary.
No synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics, or hormones
These substances can find their way into our bodies and disrupt our systems, and they are damaging to the natural pasture ecosystem we work to sustain. Without chemicals to turn to, we prize natural ways of keeping our soil, grasses, and animals healthy. Manure is like gold for us!
In addition to our herd of dairy cows we also raise:
Our pigs consume the residual nutrient-dense whey from our cheesemaking process and supply the majority of pork that we serve at The Loft Restaurant.
We raise both layers and broilers which are used to supply The Loft Restaurant with eggs and meat.
How to experience our farm
- The public is always welcome at our evening milking, which typically takes place from 5:30-6:30pm (subject to change based on seasonality). Just stop by the Farm Store to check in before heading to the milking parlor!
- Take our self-guided Farm & Nature Walk.
- Schedule a private, guided group tour for a more in-depth encounter.