About Our Farm
Nestled in Hancock County, Indiana, this fertile land grew corn before we happened upon it. We bought it in 2010 to feed people, not profits. Fields of corn have been replaced by cattle, chickens and pigs working their way through rich pastures, dining on nature’s salad bar and living as nature intended. Why? Because we saw a broken industrial food system and wanted to play a part in the local food movement.
That local food movement needs help from dedicated farmers and producers like Tyner Pond Farm. Indiana imports an estimated 90% of its food. More than $14.5 billion is spent by Hoosier consumers each year buying food sourced outside the state. (Source: Ken Meter, Hoosier Farmer? Emerging Food Systems in Indiana.) “A vital consumer movement seeking healthier food choices, born 40 years ago in Bloomington, has expanded and matured,” Meter says. “Now, people all over Indiana seek to know the farmer that feeds them, and to see with their own eyes the farms where their food was raised.”
There are many compelling reasons why eating local makes sense:
- Local foods are fresher (and taste better)
- Local foods have less environmental impact (lowered carbon footprint due to lack of shipping)
- Local foods preserve green space and farmland
- Local foods promote food safety -- you know exactly where it came from and how it was raised/grown
- Local foods support your local economy
- Local foods support create community through Farmer’s Markets and groups like Tyner Pond Farm's Food Clubs.
Being an integral part of the local food movement is one of two important aspects of Tyner Pond Farm. The other is complete dedication to sustainable farming methods. Inspired by Joel Salatin and Holistic Management principles, Chris' approach to farming is natural and sustainable, for healthier land, livestock and customers.
We use environmentally sound practices -- like rotational grazing -- and innovative, highly effective yet simple equipment -- such as mobile poultry cages -- to produce all-natural beef, pork and chicken for your family.
Debbie Trocha, executive director of the Indiana Cooperative Development Center, says “I see a groundswell of interest in local foods. People are not necessarily looking for organic food. They are asking, ‘Where did my food come from? Who grew it?’ There is an emerging interest in taking in the whole experience of a farm,” she adds, with people asking to visit the farm, meet the farmers, see animals first hand, and perhaps even volunteer to help with the chores.”
When your family wants a bigger taste of farm life, our farmhouse has been built with you in mind. Rent the farmhouse for a few days (two-day minimum), a week or a weekend, and experience firsthand the rural pleasures and cutting-edge innovations of the farm.