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Walnut Hill Farm at Elm Springs, LLC
(Fredericksburg,VA)Welcome, and thank you for visiting Walnut Hill Farm. Walnut Hill Farm is a family owned and operated diverse pasture based livestock farm in the heart of Stafford County Virginia. Jeff and Ginny Adams along with our son Benjamin and grandson Benjamin Jr. are the operators of Walnut Hill Farm. We feature several heritage breeds of livestock; including Hog Island Sheep, American Milking Devon cows, Tamworth pigs, Milking Shorthorn oxen, and Barred Plymouth Rock laying hens. The breeds were specificly chosen because they fit into our management style and objectives. The animals we raise are hearty, easy keepers that are meant to be raised on a forage only diet. The pigs and chicken are the only animals that receive grain. (Oxen and horses excluded because they are used for draft power.) Two of the above breeds are considered critically endangered by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy: they are American Milking Devon, and Hog Island Sheep. Meat and eggs from our animals are available as individual cuts, halves or whole animals. Individual cuts are frozen weighed, labeled and vacumn packed. Whole and half animals will be processed to your specifications using our local processor in Bealton, Virginia. All beef, pork and lamb is USDA inspected and vacumn wrapped, weighed and labeled. Chickens are processed on farm. In addition to several heritage breeds we raise Wye angus based genetics for quality grass fed/finished beef, and a commerical sheep breed, as well as Freedom Ranger chickens. At Walnut Hill Farm we refuse to add any hormones to the animals diet. Antibiotics are not used in feeds, but may be used to cure a sick animal. Any animal that has had antibiotics for any reason will not be processed by us. We consider our farming practices to be low input sustainable agriculture. We care deeply for the health and welfare of the animals under our care, and see every animal on the farm at least once a day. Stop by to see our farming methods for yourself, so that you can be the certifier, and not some government agency. Our personal standards can not and will not be be compromised. We work with nature, we do not attempt to bend her will. We like to believe that we farm as your Grandparents or Great-Grandparents would have farmed. Farming is a time honored profession, and we consider ourselves professionals. As J. I. Rodale once said "To be "organic" was to know, to understand and to use the lessons of nature in the evaluation of the "blessings" of science and technology." J. I. Rodale went on to say "If it is synthetic avoid it. If it goes through a factory, examine it with special care. Follow the dictates of the cycle of life when growing things, and you will be blessed with foods of surprising taste and quality that are little troubled by insects or disease." Farm tours are available by appointment. On the farm a hay ride will show you several of our conservation practices, portable hen house, working oxen, as well as other daily chores. If you are lucky Chip and Dale will even pose with you on board for pictures, School Field Trips Available As a former high school science teacher, Jeff will work with you to tailor a farm tour to meet your Virginia SOL standards for all grades. School groups are always welcome by appointment.
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