Back in 2011
Fueled by a desire to feed our family healthy, nutritious, natural meat, we took all of Josh's previous experience in permaculture and ranching and began applying it to land west of Steamboat Springs. We started with a herd of 20 Scottish Highland cattle and a hundred chickens. Using Joel Salatin’s model for pastured poultry, we raised just enough chickens to feed friends and family for the rest of that year.
It quickly became apparent that there was a market for our chicken, and in 2012 we decided to increase production and raise enough birds to sell at the farmer’s market and to supply local restaurants and the health food store, along with the small amounts of beef available from our first mature Highlands. In 2012 we also realized that no one locally was raising hogs. This seemed crazy as there are many breeds of pig well suited to the outdoor life of the Colorado mountains (and our garden was in need of some good fertilizer) so we acquired 4 gorgeous Duroc / Berkshire crosses, Simon, Neil, Carli and Charlotte.