Highland Orchard Farm raises pastured livestock and beyond organic apples in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We are South of Charlottesville, near Covesville. Our Family purchased the farm in 2008, with a portion of the original herd of Black Angus heifers. We’ve worked since that time to convert our operations to the healthiest, most regenerative practices of agriculture. Our goal is to sustainably produce the most delicious and healthy products that we can, in this region.
Our Farm Manager, Fred Lyssy, and his family joined the farm at Christmas 2014 after building and operating a successful livestock farm, direct-marketing in South Texas. Fred brings a wealth of experience having utilized holistic management for over 12 years, as well as implementing permaculture and regenerative agriculture. Migrating his 100% pasture grazed, lamb and goat herd to Virginia, we now offer a more diverse range of healthy meats to the Central Virginia community.
Arnulfo Tenorio and his family joined the farm full time in 2010. He spends his hours in various roles around the farm. From fence building to animal tending, working with the grapes (low-spray), landscape and tractor upkeep, he helps the farm almost daily.
Our livestock is forage fed exclusively on pastures amended with organic inputs, without the use of antibiotics or artificial hormones. We’ve bred Red Devon bulls to our Angus cows to improve their efficiency in our 100% grassfed, pasture grazed program. The forested, heritage breed pigs brought into the farm in the Spring of 2016 are supplemented with Non-gmo grain mix from local farmers when younger and exclusively on sprouted, Organic grains (barley, wheat, & peas) closer to finish. Our pastured ducks and chickens, free-ranging in the field/orchard are provided Non-gmo feed. One of our projects, beyond organic cider apples are growing quite nicely.
Our mission is to contribute meaningfully to our local food system and improve the health of our community. Consumers should be able to source clean meats from within the surrounding area. We are fortunate to be doing what we love, all while looking to the future of Virginia.
Our soil is our lifeblood. Our herds & flocks are all treated with respect and we manage them with rotational grazing to improve our soil and pastures. Diverse, healthy pastures produce happy vibrant animals. In our experience, content animals, given adequate time to mature in a low stress, healthful environment, yield the most delicious quality meats.