Who We Are......
We are the Finegans, John, Stephanie, Sean, Caetlin and Ashlyn. I spent a portion of my childhood on a small family hobby farm in North Carolina and John grew up in Farmington Hills and Detroit. My family moved to Farmington, Mi when I began high school. John and I have been together for about 20 years. I have always wanted to return to that farm life and John had no interest. He had a strong background in cooking and spent many years as a chef. He began studying Joel Salatin's farm, Polyface and did a complete 180. He became very driven and passionate about starting a farm of our own, just doing it a little differently than the conventional farming methods he had always associated with "farming". Learning from Polyface Farm, Nature's Harmony Farm and several other farms doing things naturally gave us more focus for what we envisioned. After 5 years of searching for the "perfect piece of land" we we purchased 45 acres in Concord, Mi in 2008. We have worked very hard with this blank canvas, with much more work on the horizon. Instead of farming, our focus has become "raising food". Food we are proud to put our name on, to eat and to feed our children. Healthy, safe and nutritious and delicious. We try never to forget that focus in all that we do, all of our trials and tribulations are all learning experiences on the road to our ultimate goal.
What We Do Here......
We are a small family farm dedicated to the all natural production of the healthiest, most succulent meats and poultry nature allows. We strive to be more than organic.... we are M'Organic! We have attained our Certified Naturally Grown status, Yeah!. This seems like a better fit for us and what we are trying to do here at the Meadows. There are a few things I do not agree with under "Certified Organic". Certified Organic states that animals need to be given "access" to the outside. There is significant difference between having "access" and living outside and being pastured. Our cows have access to shelter for a wind break and live outdoors, as does all our livestock. We do not have a "barn". Certified Organic seems to be a better fit for produce, where as Certified Naturally Grown has adopted the standards of Certified Organic and exceeded them when it comes to raising animals for meat. We have many short term and long term goals for this place..
a. Healing the land and trees, increasing earthworm population thru intensively managed rotational grazing and homegrown compost dispersement.
b. Breeding, improving, consuming and preserving rare heritage breeds.
c. Offer consumers a delicious, healthy, fresh, safe and reliable food source free of the evils of "factory farming."
d. To operate a farm as Mother Nature or the Good Lord himself would.
e. To raise food that doesn't do harm, doesn't just fill the void in our bellies, but improves our health and our lives.
f. To provide a transparent, "Farm away from Home" for our customers to come and spend the afternoon with their family in the country, have a picnic, take a hike around our rolling paradise, to allow them to meet their meat if they so choose.
g. Boost our local economy, keeping your food dollars close to home.
h. We hope to set up a "host family or biz" in other areas for pick up, when farmers markets are out of season or not available. We currently have one such location in Wyandotte, Mi in the downriver community. This is kind of far for other areas of metro detroit, so if you are interested in hosting a "Meet N Meat", we will try to work out an incentive for a host family and help build a group of folks to make the drive worth it for all. For example: We need a "Meet N Meat" in Lansing, Jackson, Battle Creek, Ann Arbor, Livonia/Redford, and several others, including Detroit. We do offer pick up on farm, of course. It will be by appointment only for a little while longer, then we will have regular hours.
i. We hope to have our first "Harvest Season" Potluck Pig Roast next year for all of our farm families. Keep your eyes open for that, we would love to have you all!