For anyone new to Wrong Direction Farm, I made this intro video. And yes, all that buzzing in the background is our late summer accompaniment of crickets and cicadas.
Welcome to Wrong Direction Farm. I’m Dave, your farmer, and I’d like to tell you about our farm and why this is such a special place.
We began farming because we wanted to be confident in the food that we were eating. We started, really just feeding our own family and a few friends, and along the way people who were looking for pasture raised and grass fed meat found their way to us.
The name… Everyone wants to know, “Where did you get that name Wrong Direction Farm?” Well, you know, it’s about choosing a different path. So much of agriculture focuses on bigger and blander. But we would rather focus on what is good. Let’s look at what’s truly good. So let’s look at: What’s good for the people here? What’s good for the animals, the farm animals, the wild animals? What’s good for the land? Now some would say this is the wrong direction, but we don’t think so.
Things stay busy on our farm with all our poultry. We have pasture raised, certified organic chickens and turkeys. Our chickens and turkeys live on pasture. This is much more than just being outside. We constantly move them to fresh pasture so that they’re always on the best grass. They have open air, sunshine, bugs to chase. The certified organic piece refers to the way the birds are fed and cared for. All their feed is free from pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, GMOs, antibiotics, and hormones. Of course, birds that live this way are healthier, and you’ll know it when you taste our chicken and turkey.
We also have a herd of grass fed beef cattle on our farm. Grass fed simply means that our cattle only eat the grasses and plants that grow on our pastures. Every day we move them to fresh pasture. Our cattle are never fed grain or grain byproducts. Grass fed cattle contribute to ecological regeneration, sequestering carbon in the soil, and promoting and increase in the diversity of plant and animal species on our farm. And of course, cattle that are raised this way produce superior beef.
We view the farm as a complicated ecosystem, not just a narrow food-producing machine. So we pay attention to the insect life, to our important pollinators. When we look at the wild fruit trees growing in the hedgerows, or the clean water for the fish in the pond, we realize that all of these things are connected within the life of the farm. It’s not just about producing one single thing. It’s about the entirety of the farm. It has to fit together.
You know, farming creates a purpose for every day. We have meaningful work. And sometimes it’s hard; sometimes it’s fun. Like everything, there’s a range of experiences. But there’s an underlying goodness to it. We love this life.
Thank you for taking some time to get to know us. We would be glad to be your farmers.