|Address:|| 37910 Hughesville Road
Purcellville, VA 20132
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Davlin Farm is located near Leesburg and is run by Dave and Lynne Updegrove. Foodwaze has had a chance to visit their farm briefly but we have not had a chance to thoroughly learn about their practices. Here is an overview:
• Animals raised: They raise heritage breed Cotswold sheep. This long-wooled, docile breed originated in the Cotswold hills of southern England. They are considered a threatened species. They also raise heritage breed Buckeye chickens, a black-and-red-feathered bird. It gets its name from the “Buckeye state,” Ohio, where they originated in the 19th century. It too is considered a threatened species by The Livestock Conservancy. The Buckeye is considered a dual-purpose chicken in the it is good for egg laying and has strong meat production characteristics. (This is virtually unheard of in the industrial chicken industry where birds are bred as either layers, or for their meat.)
• Living Environment: All animals are raised outdoors. Heritage breeds are typically more suitable to being raised in their natural environment compared to modern livestock bred for confinement.
• Animal Diets: The sheep are 100% grass-fed. The chickens forage in the fields and yards around the barn and are supplemented with non-GMO grains.
• Grazing Methods: This farm takes the job of being stewards of the land to heart using regenerative principles. They maintain regular rotational grazing to ensure the animals are constantly moved to the best available grass and that healthy soil is built and maintained.
• Other Practices: There are NO chemicals, biosolids, hormones, or sub-therapeutic antibiotics used on the farm.
• Other Products in the Store: All products sold are from Davlin Farm. No other products are sold. Please be aware that products sold directly from the farm are by appointment only.
Other things to know about this Place:
• Heritage breeds are livestock breeds that were traditionally raised before the advent of industrial agriculture. While industrial agriculture homogenized animal breeds to grow quickly and consistently in confined environments, heritage breeds basically do what nature intended. They live outside and adapt to their local environment by eating the food that’s available there, and by growing at their natural rate. Heritage breeds produce healthier meat, are more resistant to disease, and are the foundation for long-term sustainable agriculture.
• Their Cotswold sheep are sheered for their wool twice a year.
• Once again, the farm does not run a full-time farm store but does sell direct from the farm. Please email or call the farm to order product from them.
This listing was compiled using the following processes:
• A site visit
• Discussion with the owners, management, and/or staff
• Other research
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