We are a husband (Jim) and wife (Mary) farming in the little town of East Randolph, VT. We have three (all grown up and married) sons, three wonderful daughters-in-law, and 4 beautiful grandchildren! High Ridge Meadows Farm is our small hillside farm of about 45 acres of fields and woods where we have been farming for over 12 years. We are absolutely addicted to what we do!
Thirteen years ago we found a beautiful piece of Vermont with lush pasture and an unbelievable view of the Green Mountains! Our thought was to build a little place, grow some organic garlic, and enjoy the peace and quiet with family and friends. Soon we realized we wanted,- needed some animals, maybe just a couple (?) to put on our pastures to make it just right.
Well, we still grow garlic (and then some!). We did build a little place on the hill, and we did get a couple of animals; first, 2 bred Icelandic sheep, and then 2 head of cattle. Our pastures and animals have been certified organic since 2010 and we now have 30 head of cattle and a flock of over 20 sheep, plus a menagerie of chickens, ducks and an English Shepherd named Nuala. We are very lucky to have great neighbors and great people who help us out when we need it. There is very little time to enjoy the peace and quiet, but we enjoy it all...the work, the "baaas" and the" moos", "quacks" and "squawks", and when we get the chance to sit on the porch at the end of a long day, we (almost) always say,"Today was a good day!"
We raise certified organic, pastured Icelandic(registered) and Katahdin sheep for breeding stock, meat and fleece, certified organic 100% grass fed cattle for breedstock and beef, grow our own produce, and have a small orchard of apples, pears, cherries and plums. We also produce our own maple syrup. We are small, but diversified!
All of our cattle and sheep are raised using organic standards, with continual access to fresh air and shelter. We practice rotational, and mixed species grazing. Our meat is processed nearby at a local USDA inspected facility which cuts, vacuum seals and freezes it.
We are members of the following:
Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont
Vermont Maple Sugar Makers' Association
Vermont Beef Producers' Association
Vermont Sheep and Goat Association
Icelandic Sheep Breeders of North America