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Main Street Pastures

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A FARM OF OUR OWN

Chad & Jill Vonder Haar, Owners

It’s been a dream of ours to start our own small farm with our children. Chad grew up on a dairy farm and his parents were gracious enough to let us purchase 80 acres in 2010, and so we started grain farming with the help of his dad and brothers. In 2014 we moved to our current home with 6 acres, and were recently able to purchase an additional 23 acres adjoining. We started raising calves purchased from neighboring farmers, and bought 12 chicks the first year, and now we have a few cows, steers, pigs, lambs, turkeys, and hundreds of chickens.  As our 4 children are getting older they help with many of the daily chores and we enjoy spending time together tending to the animals or taking a ride to check on pastures and crops.
We believe in knowing where your food comes from and how it’s raised. We raise everything on the pasture throughout most of the year. We love watching the cattle graze on green pastures and chickens scratching for bugs and seeds. We don’t use any hormones and only use antibiotics when necessary.
We grow non-gmo grains for our livestock to use in their feed rations using regenerative agriculture practices, including no-till, diversity in plant species, rotationally grazing multispecies of livestock, using cover crops, limiting the use of synthetic fertilizers, and eliminating glyphosate.

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Links & Resources

American Pastured Poultry Producers

Getting to know our town: St. Rose, IL

High Demand for meat and poultry

Illinois Stewardship Alliance

NUMBER OF FEMALE FARMERS ON THE RISE

Chicken-keeping more than a pretty picture, says farmer

Soil Health Academy - Farm Family Spotlight

Main Street Pastures - YouTube

LEAF FOOD HUB