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FARMER PROFILE // AYRSHIRE FARM IN UPPERVILLE, VA

Ayrshire Farms takes great pride in their ability to combine the old with the new. They like to say they have one foot in the 19th century while one foot also firmly planted in the 21st century. Originally a plantation from the 1820’s, the farm works hard to preserve it’s rich history while also joining forces with the modern world to address many contemporary issues. One aspect of Ayrshire’s modernity is its commitment to humane, organic, and sustainable farming practices. Some of the official certifications they proudly sport are Certified Organic, Certified Humane, Project Non-GMO Verified, Food Alliance Certified, and more. Their commitment to improving the health of their surrounding environment and in earning the trust of their customers is obvious from their many certifications.

Ayrshire Farms specializes in raising livestock of rare and endangered breeds as well as growing heirloom fruits and veggies. Both of these activities are contributing to the preservation of these varieties and the biodiversity of the species. Some of the rare breeds they raise are Shire horses, Scottish Highland cattle, Ancient White Park cattle, Gloucestershire Old Spot hogs, and several breeds of free-range poultry including chickens, turkeys, and ducks.  In addition to creating space for these endangered breeds of livestock, they also raise pheasants and wild turkey to be released into farm woodlands that have been replanted to provide wildlife corridors between habitats for native vegetation. In addition, the soil is being constantly amended with cover crops and compost from the three-acre compost facility. As a part of their training, the Ayrshire Shires help in the constant task of soil improvement, keeping the skills of horse-powered farming alive.

Ayrshire Farms is a highly transparent business with practically all of the information on their practices, including information on the different breeds of livestock they raise, listed on their website.

To find more of their products you can check out:

Online Shop

If you would like to check out Ayrshire Farm’s products online order here.

Restaurants

To eat at restaurant featuring Ayrshire Farm’s products check out Hunter’s Head Tavern located in Upperville, VA.

Butcher Shops and Groceries

For Ayrshire Farm’s products go check out their Home Farm Store located in Middleburg, VA.

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