The Storie’s have been farming in Lochwinnoch since 1842, passing down their traditions and knowledge. Storie Farms is currently operated by Tim and Kelly, the sixth generation, and we have three young children - our little farmhands. They love helping with the animals and of course are always up for a tractor ride.
Our farming practice began with a small herd of cattle and a few acres of organic cropland. From there both the farm and the passion grew quickly. We chose to certify the farm organic, as we knew we wanted to keep our crops chemical-free. We grow and harvest many crops such as organic soybeans, corn, hay and wheat on many of our acres.
It was important to us that our cattle were out on pasture and entirely grass-fed. Immediately we saw benefits to this as the cattle seemed to have less health issues and an overall happier demeanor. As a bonus, the meat was healthier too.
Soon pastured chickens were added to the farm. We built mobile chicken coops to house the birds and move them daily so they have fresh pasture. Lucky for them, they even have access to our vegetable garden at times.
Pigs were the next step in diversifying our herd. They played a big role in Tim’s childhood and we were excited to introduce those traditions to our kids.
In 2022, we continued to grow our practice, introducing pastured free-range turkeys for our customers larger celebrations. We also partnered with Matt and Ciara Scott, who are growing non-certified organic veggies on-site. What a perfect compliment to our products and team!
Storie Farms is constantly working to progress and protect our land and soil quality. We seek to enhance our farm’s ecosystem by using regenerative farming practices that focus on the health and biodiversity of the soil. We farm organically in order to preserve the natural cycles of our soil, as well as the health of our plants, animals and the greater environment.
Some of the regenerative methods we practice include always keeping living roots in the soil, the use of cover crops and cultivating a large diversity of plant species. We also try to keep livestock on as many acres as possible, using a rotational grazing strategy for all of the animals. This limits overgrazing and allows more time for the plants to grow, increasing their nutritional value in the process. Plants packed with more nutrients equal healthier, happier animals and better meat!