Harmony Hill Farm
|Address:|| 12467 Greenwood Road
Glen Allen, VA 23059
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There are no set Farm Stand hours.Please call to schedule an appointment.
Harmony Hill Farm is run by the Ingersoll Family. Foodwaze has visited their farm a few times and you can read a full description under the Details tab. Her eis an overview of the farm:
• Animals raised: Heritage breed Dexter cattle; heritage breed pigs; meat chickens and laying hens; as well as turkeys once a year.
• Living Environment: All animals are raised outdoors. Cattle are in fields their entire lives. The pigs live in the woods and pastures. Chickens are protected from predators by mobile houses and electric fences and hens use a mobile hen house.
• Animal Diets: Cattle are 100% grass-fed. The pigs forage for nuts, berries, fruit, roots, and bugs. The poultry also forage in the pastures. They’re supplemented with non-GMO grains.
• Grazing Methods: This farm takes the job of being stewards of the land to heart. They maintain daily 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 meat products are from the farm.
Other things to know about this Place:
• The farm is located just north of Richmond beyond I-295.
• Their do not have an official farm store, per se, that's open to visitors; but do sell direct from the farm by appointment. Please call in advance. Bring cash or check.
This listing was compiled using the following processes:
• A site visit, or visits
• Discussion with the owners, management, and/or staff
• Other research
Harmony Hill Farm is located in Henrico County just to the north of Richmond, Virginia. It is operated by the Ingersoll family. They produce 100% grass-fed beef, pastured pork, chicken and eggs, as well as pastured turkeys for the fall. During a site visit by Foodwaze in early summer 2015 with Earl and Robin Ingersoll, we witnessed first-hand the immeasurable care and commitment they devote to their livestock and the craft of sustainable animal husbandry.
In fact, their farm is exemplary in so many respects, it’s hard to sing enough high prasie. If our culture can be convinced to eat more of the type of food the Ingersolls produce, we will undoubtedly improve our health and better nurture our planet for future generations.
The Ingerolls started Harmony Hill in 2010 on property originally owned and farmed by Earl’s grandfather. The entire property is about 30-acres, and they lease some more pastures down the road. They follow a polyculture farming system, similar to that espoused by Joel Salatin at Polyface Farms. In this system, all the livestock live together in mutual harmony and are left to eat and behave as nature intended.
From the very beginning, the Ingersolls committed themselves to patiently raising the very best cattle. They accomplished this by breeding their own rather than buying cows that may have been grain fed or that harbored other impurities. They raise Dexter cattle, which is a small breed native to southern Ireland. They are incredibly beautiful, good-natured animals, and the Ingersoll’s herd clearly enjoys their time on the farm. The cattle are rotated to new paddocks just about every day and treated as nature intended, living their entire lives on chemical-free pasture, and never being given grain, artificial hormones or antibiotics.
Once the cattle are rotated to a new pasture, chickens are brought in behind them to help spread manure in their search for bugs, which begins the fertilization process that will lead to new pasture growth. The Ingersolls raise broilers for meat, and egg laying hens. For broilers, they raise a Cornish Cross, sourcing their chicks from Hoffman Hatchery in Pennsylvania.
Roaming happily through the woods at Harmony Hill Farm are the hogs. There is nothing more fun to watch than happy pigs, and the Ingersolls pigs definitely love their home, rolling in the dirt and rooting for food. They have ample woods to forage and as with the cattle and chickens, they are rotated regularly to fresh ground. The Ingersolls raise several different heritage breeds, including Mulefoots, Tamworths, Red Wattles, and Herefords.
The chickens and hogs on the farm all have their pasture and forage food supplemented with non-GMO feed, which are grains that are within their natural diets.
Harmony Hill Farm is completely transparent and welcomes visitors. In addition to finding their products at restaurants and markets around Richmond, you can buy directly from them on the farm. Be sure to visit them sometime and you are guaranteed to come away believing your food is in the best hands.