April and Rob both traveled far and wide before settling
down at Ledamete Grass Farm in Schnecksville, PA. After graduating with an
Environmental Studies degree from the University of Pittsburgh, April
apprenticed on a few diversified family farms in Vermont and Virginia. She
worked as an Organic Research Assistant on Virginia Tech’s Kentland Farm and as
a Farmer/Teacher at the Farm School in Massachusetts. She and Rob met at the
Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) Conference and
brought their lives together shortly thereafter at Fielder Farm, in Central Pennsylvania.
There they raised pastured poultry and pork that they sold through CSAs, and a
Jersey cow and heifer, for their own milk, butter and yogurt.
Now beginning their 4th season at Ledamete Grass farm, April and Rob are thrilled about all of the improvements they have made to the farm in just their first two years. They recently completed a two-year Natural Resources and Conservation Services (NRCS) Environmental Quality Initiatives Program (EQIP) contract which provided partial funding for several large projects including installing permanent fencing for 15 acres of pasture, digging a water line and installing 5 frost-free hydrants throughout the pasture, creating a gravel access road, and planting a1/2 acre of native wildflowers as a pollinator habitat. To prevent drainage issues
from the new access road, Rob and April installed a large swale and catch basin along the road that they will plant with native grasses and trees this spring. New and improved farm structures include a large chick brooder, an on-farm poultry-processing house, an equipment barn and a livestock barn.
“As we look into the future we see our small family farm thriving, nourishing ourselves and our neighbors with our thoughtfully raised chickens, turkeys, pigs and cows. We plan to expand our specialty products, such as our farm-made turkey and pork sausages. We hope to add a flock of laying hens laying delicious pastured eggs with bright orange yolks. We see a beautiful farm that’s well-cared for; a sustainable business as well as a happy home for ourselves, our children, and our animals.”
Rob and April Fix