Deep Rock Farm
|Address:|| 4900 Deep Rock Farm
Crozet, VA 22932
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Deep Rock Farm is a family owned farm located near the Blue Ridge Mountains in western Albemarle County, Virginia. The property consists of about 150 acres, plus additional leased acreage. It is managed by Calder Kegley. Foodwaze has visited the farm and compiled a detailed description under the Details tab.
• What They Do: Deep Rock Farm raises Angus-Piedmontese beef cattle that are 100% grass-fed. They also raise a small flock of laying hens on pasture for a limited supply of chicken eggs.
• Regenerative Practices: The farm is a testament to the principles of regenerative agriculture, faithfully meeting the standards we set for listing on Foodwaze. They use high-density, rotational grazing, the foundation of which is the nurturing and development of healthy soil and perennial and annual pasture forage.
• Certifications: None
Consumers cannot buy direct from Deep Rock Farm. Their beef is mostly available through JM Stock Provisions, a butcher shop with locations in Charlottesville and Richmond. Click on the Places tab to find other locations where Deep Rock Farm beef can be found.
Calder Kegley grew up on a farm in southwestern Virginia, where his father continues to raise grass-fed-and-finished cattle. He previously worked at Timbercreek, another Albemarle Country farm that is advancing regenerative agriculture in the area. Kegley took over management of Deep Rock Farm in early 2014.
This listing was compiled using the following processes:
• A visit to the farm and discussion with the farm manager.
• The use of other research about the farm and its practices.
Located in the community of White Hall in western Albemarle County, Virginia, Deep Rock Farm is a true testament to the principles of regenerative grass-based livestock agriculture. The family farm is privately owned and consists of about 150 acres on the farm itself, as well as some nearby leased acreage. The farm is managed day-to-to by Calder Kegley. Foodwaze has had a chance to visit the farm and learn first-hand about their practices.
Like so many farms in Virginia, this one delights the senses. It is nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with stunning views and a peaceful, serene environment. The practices on the farm do nothing but enhance the surrounding beauty. They maintain a herd of about 120 beef cattle, which are a cross between Angus and Piedmontese. The Piedmontese is a heritage breed originating from the Piedmont region of Italy, not to be confused with Virginia’s Piedmont, the area upon which this farm spreads itself. It is hilly to say the least, and those hills are lush with pasture grass, the product of the farm’s regenerative practices.
Kegley grew up on a farm in southwestern Virginia, where his father continues to raise grass-fed-and-finished cattle. He previously worked at Timbercreek, another Albemarle Country farm that is advancing regenerative agriculture in the area. In early 2014, Kegley took over management of Deep Rock, where the very small herd of cattle were being shipped off for finishing at feedlots.
Using the principles of high density grazing and frequent pasture rotations, Kegley has focused on building healthy soil and forage. He’s continue to build the herd in a closed system where all breeding is done on the farm, without outside stock being brought in. It’s a practice that Kegley says he’s committed to because he likes the control of knowing how all his animals were born and raised.
The production of healthy, lush pastures allows the animals to feed throughout the winter, for the most part. They rely minimally on hay and all is produced on the farm.
The Piedmontese breed of cattle is not commonly found in the US today, where 100% grass-fed beef is still a very small slice of the beef industry. Piedmontese are highly suitable to a pastured environment. They posses a gene called "Myostatin" that is a mutation for most other breeds. This gene produces massive "double muscles" in these cattle that are extremely lean and tender.
Deep Rock process its cattle at 25-30 months. They do not sell directly to consumers. Their beef is available primarily through JM Stock Provisions, a butcher shop in Charlottesville and Richmond. Click here for a Foodwaze blog post about JM Stock and Deep Rock. Click on the Places tab to find other locations where Deep Rock Farm beef can be found.