The above video shows how the whole family helps to move cattle on Longbottom Farm.
The first Monday of each month is Member Monday where we feature member photos or a video on our Instagram and Facebook pages. Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) is proud of our members, and we take great pleasure in highlighting their operations and the awesome work they are conducting in sustainable farming, animal husbandry, artisanal production, and homesteading. See above for December’s member video!
Happy Member Monday! Today we are featuring Longbottom Farm!
Not long ago, Jason and Lexi Feyerherd were living the suburban dream with a growing family in a wonderful neighborhood with good schools and nearby amenities. It was a wonderful life, but they say something was missing. Ultimately they both wanted to raise their own safe, nutritious food for their family so they moved out of the city and to the country to start Longbottom Farm. Their 55-acre small farm is located along the James River in Scottsville, Virginia.
Lexi and Jason are grateful to be able to instill a love of animals, respect for the land and the value of a hard days’ work in their three girls. The farm provides a new life lesson every day! The Feyerherds also work off farm jobs as health care practitioners; their experiences have highlighted the importance of access to healthy, nutrient-dense, locally grown food.
Between the 1800’s farmhouse and recent heavy crop farming, they had their work cut out for them. The land needed TLC and livestock was the perfect solution. They move the laying hens around the farm to fertilize the soil while the cattle mow the fields and fertilize, which nourishes the pastures that in turn nourish the cattle.
The Feyerherds pride themselves on raising healthy animals that are allowed to express their normal behaviors, free of cages or chemicals, all while healing the land by using management techniques that mimic cycles seen in nature. At Longbottom Farm, they follow nature’s lead and work with the land instead of against it and pride themselves on being transparent.
Longbottom Farm offers pastured eggs and poultry, grassfed beef, woodland pork, locally roasted coffee, and more! Learn more about their offerings HERE.
“Joining the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) demonstrates our commitment to advocating for sustainable and responsible farming practices. As members, we gain access to vital legal resources and a supportive community, ensuring we can continue providing high-quality, locally-grown meat and eggs to our community. This partnership reflects our dedication to both the rights of farmers and the health of our consumers. We are very grateful to the FTCLDF for their support and guidance in our agricultural journey.”
– Lexi and Jason Feyerherd
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