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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.

Prior to landing at Fielder Farm, Rob spent time studying at Penn State, working as a sous chef at fine, local foods restaurants in Scotland and Montana, and hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Real food, hard work and the great outdoors are at Rob’s heart of hearts.

A desire to be closer to family brought them to Lehigh County where they started Ledamete Grass Farm. To keep things exciting Rob and April decided to buy a farm, start a business and have a baby all in the same year. And so it began, several years ago. 
Since they first met, Rob and April have always loved to sit down together to a beautiful meal brimming with food grown by themselves or by family and farmer friends. They enjoy the unique personalities of all the livestock and are grateful for the opportunity to be stewards of the animals and the pasture ecosystem where they dwell. Starting a farm from scratch is no small feat, and it’s been many a long day for sure, but the hard work feels worth it when the bellies are nourished and the faces are smiling.

Now beginning their 5th 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

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