It all starts with the sun, the soil, and the grass. We work with the natural cycles to create a sustainable dairy farm, aiming to improve our little piece of the planet.
Our cows happily spend most of their time out on pasture, enjoying lush green grass, fresh air, and the great outdoors. They graze on a mixture of cool and warm season grasses to maximize their number of grass days per year.
While they’re munching, they’re also depositing nutrients, amending the soil as they move through the day’s meal. The added nutrients and the increased organic matter builds the soil’s ability to grow more and better grass.
We ensure a low-stress environment for our cows; their comfort and well-being is paramount. Good pasture access and proper handling of our calves and adult cows help to keep our herd healthy and happy. Our herd is certified Animal Welfare Approved
Our “First Mothers” were 9 Jersey cows, and now the herd has grown to about 30.
We maintain a “closed” herd (we don’t buy in any cows) to protect the herd’s health.
Jerseys also handle our warm North Carolina summer climate well. And in case you’re wondering - each cow has her own distinct personality and we name each one!
The cows produce rich, delicious milk - Jersey cows may not give as MUCH milk as their black-and-white sisters, but Jersey milk is known for its higher butterfat and superior flavor.
We milk our lovely Jerseys twice a day and transform the milk into curds and whey. The curds become cheese, and the whey is fed to our pigs. The pigs love drinking whey, and the pork is outstanding due to the high nutrients in whey.
Whey is a natural byproduct of cheese making but is often not sustainably disposed of; by feeding it to the pigs we are able to further a sustainable food cycle. We don’t sell our milk, as it all goes into the cheese!
Our goals are to serve a mostly local market with great tasting, healthy, cheese, pork, and beef at affordable prices, to improve rather than degrade the environment with our farming practices, to be a great place to work for our staff (and for our cows!), and to be an asset to our surrounding community.
While we do not often allow visitors out to the farm, we are always excited to participate in the Piedmont Farm Tour
each April - we’d love to see you then! We also sometimes host other events at the farm, so keep an eye out on social media
or our newsletter