Provenance

The Fresh Food Farm

Harrison, United States

  • Founded: 2014
  • Employees: 2

Nestled in the rolling Ozark hills of north central Arkansas, The Fresh Food Farm is undeterred by the challenge that comes with farming in this beautiful part of the world. The farm's landscape possesses an abundant collection of limestone outcroppings and bluffs that mark the region. Goats are key in managing the woody vegetation often found on the steep terrain of the farm. The goats sustainably manicure the land to make it more suitable for other types of grazing livestock. This symbiotic relationship between the land and livestock is really the heart of the management system for the farm.
Melanie Perez Ward and her husband Chris established this pasture-based livestock farming operation that employs environmentally friendly and sustainable farming techniques in 2014. The Fresh Food Farm uses exceptionally high animal welfare standards.
Melanie is a first generation farmer who recently left her career as a local executive director for a national non-profit organization for a full-time job on the farm. Melanie and Chris, along with help from their children, raise chickens, hogs, sheep, goats and cattle. All of the farm’s livestock species live in the way that they are created to live, and managed without the use of hormones, or any antibiotics. This combination of factors ensures that their customers receive only clean, healthy, high quality poultry, pork, beef, goat, and lamb.
One of the goals of the Fresh Food Farm is to act as a model farm that demonstrates regenerative practices and techniques that encourage other people to transform parcels of marginal land into productive farms.

  • Claims
    • 100% made in the USA
    • Producing, sourcing or manufacturing entirely in the United States

    • no animal cruelty
    • Producing without inflicting physical pain, suffering or death on an animal.

    • non-GMO
    • Producing without genetic modification or engineering techniques.

    • family-run farm
    • Made in a farm with two or more family members involved, and whose majority ownership lies within a family.

    • pasture raised
    • Pasture-raised animals receive a significant portion of their nutrition from organically managed pasture and stored dried forages.

    • growth hormone free
    • Produce grown or reared without the use of growth hormones

    • antibiotic free
    • Produce that has been grown or reared without the use of antibiotics.

    • GMO free-feed
    • Feed for livestock which is produced without genetic modification or engineering techniques.

  • Values
    • sustainability
    • Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

    • quality
    • Meeting the minimum standard or higher, required to satisfy customer needs.

    • heritage
    • Passing down objects or qualities from previous generations.

    • environment
    • The natural world as affected by human activity.

    • community
    • Sharing a common area or interest.

    • animal welfare
    • The wellbeing of animals.

  • Social Impact

    The Fresh Food Farm hopes to help stimulate the local economy and provide a blueprint for other would be small farmers to follow.

  • Environmental Impact

    Better management of pastures has created water penetration and a rise in water levels in several small streams on the farm.

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The Fresh Food Farm

Harrison, United States

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