Remembrance Farm

organic, regenerative produce grown in Trumansburg, NY

Our Animals

As we farm biodynamically, we try as much as possible to close the cycle of fertility on Remembrance Farm.  Cows, sheep, chickens, ducks and pigs play a crucial role in that cycle, transforming grain and pasture into food for the vegetable crops at the center of our rotation.  The meat, milk, eggs, and fiber they produce are delicious and wonderful by-products of the fundamental synergy of crops and animals on the farm.

Elexis Vesely and Ken Smalt manage all of our animal enterprises. Elexis joined Remembrance Farm in 2015. An accomplished artist and educator, she has brought magical energy to our farm, tending animals we know next-to-nothing about, beautifying our herb and flower gardens, protecting the crops with her two statuesque polar-bear-dogs, transforming our farm office into an art installation, and engaging our children on the farm with boundless energy.

We have a cow herd of about 30 head, a mix of Kerry, Devon, and other heritage breeds. These breeds are bred for both dairy and meat uses; we operate a raw milk CSA and a yogurt CSA. The cattle are also prized for their ability to turn pasture into fertilizer, the beauty they add to our farmscape, the farm chores they supply for our children, and the grounded energy they bring to our whole farm cycle. 

Our herd of Icelandic sheep increases every year, as does Elexis's knowledge about harvesting their fiber. We look forward to collaborating further with Sarah Gotowka of Luna Fiber Studio in Trumansburg, who currently grows her dye plants on our farm.

We have about 30 hens of many different breeds bred for laying on a pasture-rich diet, who graze our cover crop fields in rotation with our vegetables.  They are truly pasture-raised, on grass during the growing season and housed in a greenhouse during the winter.  They eat 100% organic feed, some nutritional supplements to balance their ration, and lots of bugs, seeds, and fresh greens that they forage from our fields.  They lead a true "chicken's life," as we let them express their essential nature as much as possible! Currently our eggs are not for sale.

Ken, a professional chef, raises pigs. More on that later--they're a slow growing, pasture-raised breed that we have yet to harvest for meat, but really enjoy having on the farm. They keep the chickens warm in the winter.

There are also always geese around for some reason... just kidding. They help protect the chickens, and lay gorgeous eggs for Elexis to decorate with stunning Ukrainian designs.