“Diverse, healthy pastures
produce happy vibrant animals.”

About Us

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.


Mission & Philosophy

Our Mission

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 Livestock Philosophy

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.

Herd Details

  • Grassfed Beef | Black Angus/Red Devon Cross
  • Grassfed Lamb | Dorper/St. Croix Cross & American Blackbelly
  • Grassfed Goat | Kiko/Boer Cross
  • Pastured Duck | White Peking, Pastured/Non-GMO Feed
  • Pastured Chicken | Freedom Rangers, Pastured/Non-GMO Feed
  • Pastured Duck Eggs | Brown Egg Layers, Pastured/Non-GMO Feed
  • Forested Pork | Heritage pigs incl. Ossabaw Island, Gloucestershire Old Spots, Tamworth & Berkshire, Finished on Sprouted, Organic Grains

Find Us


Our 100% grassfed ground beef is currently served at


  • Our Online Market , view our inventory & choose your selections, pay online or in person
  • Open Farm Friday from 3 – 7 pm, visit with your farmer, see the animals/ land/ practices
  • Nelson Farmers Market, each Saturday 8 am – 12 pm, May thru October
  • Our 100% grassfed beef is currently available at Ellwood Thompson’s in Richmond, VA
  • Bulk portions available, in larger sections or convenient packaging
  • We harvest through Seven Hills Foods

Contact Us

If you’d like to get in contact with us, feel free to call us on the number listed below, or send us a message using the form. We appreciate your interest!


Farm Manager Fred Lyssy 434-294-1401


6142 Highland Orchard Ln.
Covesville, VA 22931

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