We are a small family farm that started taking shape publicly only a few years ago. The farm is currently ran by myself, Josiah, my wife Nettie and our three little boys, Edmund , Aaron, and Marco. Our passion for regenerative holistic farming began when Nettie became pregnant with our first child. Nutrition had already become very important to us with Nettie's interest in maternal and child care and myself working as an RN in the emergency room. We had some first hand experience working in industrial farming complexes and had seen personally what goes on behind the scenes in commercial meat production. We were troubled and more than a little worried with the large nutrition and mineral deficits that continue to get more prevalent with the destructive nature of conventional farming and the synthetic chemicals and antibiotics that are measurably present in supermarket food. We became more and more convinced that we were willing to work harder and pay more to feed our family right. As we were raising some of our own food the idea of Sparrow Hill Farm started taking shape. We started thinking how cool it would be if we could actively work to champion for health and a better environment while making some of the delicious food that we were producing available to others. In the spring of 2018 we set up our first stand at the Dane County Farmers Market selling pastured pork and were elated to see that there was a significant interest in what we were offering. Since then we have added 100% grass-fed lamb and this year will add 100% grass-fed beef. It has been an exciting journey as the mistakes we make and learning moments that we are faced with are offset by excited and happy returning customers and friends who are continually encouraging us to keep on . Knowing we are doing what's right for the environment and working for a sustainable future for our kids and farming has been the primary drive for what is making all this hard work worth it.
We started with a fairly rough, eroded piece of land and have been adding to that over the last few years with leases from the neighbors. It has been incredible to watch the biodiversity and soil health explode in just a few short years of careful management. We are seeing a variety of birds and bugs proliferate that would not be possible if we would be using chemical pesticides and worming medicine. We are currently intensively managing approximately 63 acres and have pigs, a flock of hardy sheep and a small herd of cows.
We currently are offering heritage breed pork that is chemical, hormone, and antibiotic free. The pigs are raised on rotated, fresh, green pastures and woodlot in the spring, summer, and fall. In the winter, the pigs are deep bedded with hay in small shelters with a large outdoor area. They are fed outside and still spend a fair amount of time exploring the outdoors despite the colder temperatures. They don't get the smorgasbord of green living plants to eat as in the summer, but we do feed hay, which the pigs love. The older breeds of pigs that we raise are quite hardy and thrive in an outdoor based environment.
In the fall, we harvest our 100% grass-fed and finished lamb. The lambs are born on pasture in the springtime and are rotated through fresh, lush paddocks all summer with their mothers. Our Beef is also 100% grass-fed. We rotate the cows everyday through the pastures here at the farm during the growing season.
It is a happy, stress free life that leads to some of the finest flavored and nutritionally dense meat that you can buy. We would be happy to answer any questions you have or to explain the details of our farm. You can purchase any of our products right here on the website and have it delivered to your home (depending on location) or pick-up at the farm or other pick-up point that is listed. We would love to meet you!
Please email or call if you want to come out and take a look at where your food is grown. We would be happy to show you around!