OUR STORY

Farming from the Heart

Farming might have skipped a generation in our family, but it's in our DNA. From the smoggy suburbs of LA, we heard the whispered beckon of rich earth and green pastures in the Connecticut River Valley. What started as a modern-day, return-to-roots homestead has expanded into pasture-based production with a focus on animal welfare and the highest quality heritage and grass-fed meat.

ABOUT RIVER BARD FARM

     Angela grew up in a small agricultural community in Michigan, with dairy farming on both sides of the family. Georg’s grandparents farmed in Germany, where he spent his summers growing up. We left California in 2013 to pursue innkeeping in Western Massachusetts, but it wasn’t long before we heard the call of our farming heritage. The rich soil, agricultural opportunities, and local support of farming in the Pioneer Valley quickly led us back to our farming roots.  

      We are proud to contribute to sustainable farming by raising pastured Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs, Large Black Hogs, grass-fed Icelandic sheep, free-range chickens and ducks, and coturnix quail on our farm along the Deerfield River.  We also maintain a herd of registered Lamancha dairy goats at our original farm, producing both dairy products and breeding stock. Our Flemish Giant rabbits are adored by all, and make the rounds to 4-H shows every summer. Gretel and Sable, our Drum horses, are our happy place and part of the family.

     Our nine children enjoy every moment on the farm: helping with chores, greeting new arrivals in the spring, learning and thriving in 4-H, and observing and participating in the rhythm of the seasons and life on the farm.

  

A Shout Out to Our Farm Family. . .

We love our Drum Horses, Sable & Gretel!

Our Drum Horses
Our Drum Horses

Sable and Gretel

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Sun-dappled shade
Sun-dappled shade

Sable and Gretel in the shade.

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Snowy Dinner
Snowy Dinner

Cold outside, burning hay inside.

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