pieces, and if you aren’t careful, it could be life altering. Much of our time was tightly choreographed.” The aircraft carrier was one of the last assignments of his active military status, and he fondly remembers planning his future on the giant vessel. “I remember planning out certain aspects of the farm on the Truman,” shares Jordan. “It was a surreal experience that I will never forget.” Upon leaving active military service in 2009, he and Laura started their own 200 acre sustainable farm. On the farm’s website, their goal is prominently posted, “… to raise animals ethically, entirely on pasture, and in harmony with nature.” The farm currently offers products stemmed from pasture-raised poultry (chicken and turkey), and forestraised pork, along with grass-fed and
grass-finished beef. The family joins forces with local farms sharing the same philosophy in providing farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, soaps, and raw pet food, among other products. “Laura is the mind behind our marketing, sales, and customer service,” says Jordan. Laura, a native of central Texas, grew up on her parents’ farm distributing honey. She enjoys building a community around healthy eating and how to best utilize their farm products. Jordan and Laura are also parents to three children, Justin, Allie, and Wyatt. Laura explains, “The kids are currently active in the business whenever they can be, doing chores and helping where needed.” One of the couple’s prevailing products is their pork. “Our herd is a closed-herd, and it’s been that way for
over seven years,” explains Jordan. “We breed our own pigs and raise them to harvesting size.” Jordan feels another aspect to being sustainable is to develop a need for genetics. “Our pigs are selected (genetically) for traits of adaptation to growing and foraging in the forest, and strong mothering instinct,” says Jordan. Their genetics are in demand among fellow sustainable farmers, and they are noted to have one of the largest outdoor pasturebased farrow-to-finish farms in Virginia. The family is very transparent about the daily routine. Extending education to consumers by opening up their farm for tours, while promoting environmentallyfriendly products is important to them in so many ways. After all, preserving for the future is a steadfast mindset, farmer or military.
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