About Heritage Meadows Farm LLC

Small conservation farm of rare heritage livestock and heirloom produce

About Heritage Meadows Farm LLC

This adventure started late in 2012 when we purchased a beautiful piece of land with an old worn out farm built on it.  Still to this day we are attempting to rebuild and renew the old buildings and fencing on this farm.  We have chosen to take a step back in time and work on conservation of old genetics of heirloom plants and heritage animals.  We do not promote cross bred livestock or hybrid plants and feel it is very important to save these rare genetics for the future of farming and our food system.

We have one of the few farms in the State that raises purebred heritage animals.  We are a mating to market farm,  That means we have all of the breeding stock, animals are born and raised here on our farm through to their last day.  Heritage Breeds are, quite simply, historic breeds of animals such as those our ancestors of the past few centuries would have raised and enjoyed. They are breeds that can breed naturally, raise their own young and can survive and thrive on a pasture based system.  They are not genetically altered or "manufactured."  They do not need to be kept in climate controlled barns or restricted in any way to survive.  They are all endangered breeds, on the verge of extinction. As you read about each of the breeds we choose to raise you will read about their natural hardiness, about how their natural habits actually help develop the farmland, and about how much better they are for food products.

The Livestock conservancy created the term and has a detailed definition written that you can read  here.  https://livestockconservancy.org/index.php/heritage.  The term Heritage is often used incorrectly.  Heritage can only be used when you are referring to purebred registered animals from breeds that are on the Livestock conservancy list or graduated from that list at some point in the past.

We are also working closely with Seeds of Preservation Independence and Roughwood Seed Collection to grow out seeds that have thought to be extinct or are endanger of becoming extinct.  Most of the varieties we are growing out are currently not available for purchase anywhere, but we are working hard to change that.

Our farm is not certified organic but we do raise our animals outside and feed non gmo grains.  We do not use artificial herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers.  Our animals are not fed antibiotics or hormones.  Although medications are used if needed when animals are ill or to prevent disease or parasites.We believe that because they are giving their lives for us, we owe it to them to see they lead happy, healthy, stress-free lives. 
 

As you read about each of the breeds we choose to raise you will read about their natural hardiness, about how their natural habits actually help develop the farmland, and about how much better they are for food products.

 Our farm was added to the Snail of Approval Slow Food Indy in 2016.  Slow Food Indy

 We were winners of  Grit Magazines Homesteaders of the Year 2014.

 We are working towards the American Poultry Association Flock Certification.   http://www.amerpoultryassn.com/