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Farm History

    

    In the 1840s Jacob Pfeister was the first in our family to settle in Hardin County, Ohio and founded a farmstead about one mile down the road from where we are now. Sometime in the 1870s, Jacob's son, John, and John's wife Louisa began their own farmstead and built their home on the land we currently occupy. John would eventually turn the farm over to his son, Albert, who lived in the house and farmed the land until he passed on at the age of 95 (one year after he decided to retire from farming). Albert left the farm in the care of his son Elmer, who farmed the land until his death, when the land passed to his surviving brother, Ernest, and sister, Allene. Ernest and Allene sold the farm house to Steven, Ernest's son, and left the land in the combined care of Allene's son and Ernest's five children. None of Ernie or Allene's children farmed, so, not wanting to sell the land, their only choice was to lease it out to local farmers to grow conventional grain.



    In 2010, we purchased the farm house from my uncle, Steven, and our children, Luree and John, became the sixth consecutive generation of Pfeisters to live on this farm. In 2012, we decided we wanted to try to restore our family farming heritage and rehabilitate our land. We began leasing a small parcel of the farmland from our family, planted perennial pasture, and began raising a small flock of laying hens and some meat chickens. We are trying to manage the farm as a complete ecosystem; focusing on the health of everything from the smallest single cell bacteria in the soil to the largest beef cattle (that we hope to add soon) grazing in the pasture. In the past three seasons, we have added a flock of hair-sheep, some dairy goats, pigs, turkeys, ducks, geese, and rabbits along with growing our meat chicken production and flock of laying chickens.

    We are hoping to grow our business large enough to afford full ownership of the farm in the near future so we can then begin work to develop a permanent restorative agriculture system based around the natural Oak Savanna that once occupied our region of the Midwest. This includes a complete “Keyline” water management design of the property along with vastly increasing the diversity of the perennial poly-culture around a chestnut/oak/apple savanna. This is a long term project we hope you will be around to see and go through the transformation with us!