Here at HeartMoss Farm we raise sheep, pigs, cattle, and chickens for meat, as well as having a limited number of eggs from our laying flock. Depending upon the time of year and the species, our practices include: grass-fed, pasture-raised, compost-reared, tiller-critter, and manure-maker.
Our homesteading life began with a dream to produce food close to the land for our family and friends. We can’t wait to continue this dream in 2018!
Please see our list of current available meat cuts to get started with your small-farm eats.
After escaping New York City in 2012, we established HeartMoss Farm on a small piece of land in the Appalachian Mountains.
The goal was to find our own way to live sustainably; raising small numbers of animals in addition to the vegetable garden, fruit trees, and perennials made the most sense.
Today, we have a small kitchen garden, a few fruit trees, perennial gardens of edibles, medicinals, herbs, and ornamentals, and quite a few types of livestock. The animals that we’ve chosen as our foundation species–sheep, pigs, and chickens–are easy to care for and perfectly fit our goals.
The egg layers are mostly kept to the coop or in chicken tiller pens and fed non-GMO feed from Sunrise Farms, although some of the year we free range the hens. We also pasture raise and free range about a hundred meat chickens for our own family each year, which greatly improves the fertility of the pasture.
The pigs live in pens where they are routinely rotated through to fresh ground. They provide a cleanup service for garden scraps and anything that is not composted. We feed the pigs conventional grain mix from our local mill and forage crops, and finish our hogs with a mix of cracked corn and rolled oats, plus whatever is in season at the time be it hay, chestnuts, or apples.
The sheep keep the pastures grazed down and fertilize them at the same time. We also drink the milk from our dairy ewes, and hope to utilize the wool for yarn in the future. The sheep are supplemented with conventional grain from the local mill to keep them in good condition through their lactation and to keep them friendly!