Its again (already!) that time of the year for our annual farming/grazing "boost" by attendance at the 24th annual SE PA Grazing Conference.
Organic Farm • Organic Products
SpringWood Organic Farm spreads across 220 acres of Lancaster County's fine farmland in Kinzers, PA.
In 1982 Roman Stoltzfoos took over the family farm and began applying organic methods. The farm rejuvenated and began to thrive with his organic approach. The farm has grown and diversified with many added organic products.
In Fall 2016 their organic dairy operation moved from being one of the main suppliers for Lancaster County's Natural By Nature Milk to join up with the Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative's new GrassMilk route starting through the area. There is a processing plant on the farm where some of the milk and eggs are made into gelato and some milk is turned into yogurt at a plant near Lancaster, PA. GMO Free laying hens follow the grazing dairy herd in free-range style with moveable solar powered coops. These pastured layers supply the local community with a supply of healthy eggs, free from genetically modified ingredients. And chickens aren't the only poultry you'll find on the farm. Amidst much skepticism, organic turkeys were added the livestock in the late '80s when organic agriculture was seldom practiced
Dwight Stoltzfoos, together with his wife Brenda and their children operate the farm in an ongoing slow transition from his parents, Roman and Lucy. Organic, natural farming is a passion of Roman Stoltzfoos as well as his son Dwight and they have kept at the cutting edge of natural, organic methods and under their care SpringWood Organic Farm has become a model of success, providing organic products to retailers and consumers. You will even see solar panels on the farm buildings and the free ranging chicken coops. Visitors are welcome with hopes their time on the farm will help spread his philosophy.
Read more from Dwight or Roman as they shares their thoughts in this developing blog The Talk on the Farm.