In 1951 Joe and Kathleen Isbell purchased the 175 acres the farm sits on today. Through the struggles of supporting their family of 6, the farm transition from a commercial egg production with over 5000 laying hens, selling over 100,000 dozen eggs a year; to a feeder pig operation of 500 head, and finally a beef cattle operation, all while growing various crops such as soy beans, corn, wheat, and barley. Joe was able to retire in 1998, even though he has yet to quit working. Over the years since we have continued a small hay operation off of a few acres while the rest of the land was leased to a fellow farmer.
Now the second (Eddie) and third (CJ) generation have joined together to resurrect the farm from mother earth whom has taken its toll on her over the years. Over the past 4 years, countless hours devoted to cleaning up and preparing for livestock to once again graze the lands of Keenbell Farm. If it were not for the help and support from our family and friends all of this would not have been possible. Thanks most of all to Joe, and Kathleen whose blessing allowed us to begin this journey.
THE NEXT GENERATION
Our goal is to be a sustainable, diversified, environmentally sound, and socially acceptable farming operation. We decided to embark on this journey to save the American farm, a sight which is seldom seen these days. Farms are being replaced by subdivisions and commercial business so the number of farms decrease and the population of America increases, who will feed America? Imported foods have recently hit the headlines with tainted meat, just as the major beef producers in America have in the past months. Modern farming mentality pushes high production and profits vs. a healthy and quality product. We wish to bring back the small farm and produce healthy, high quality beef and pork products directly to you the customer- FARM FRESH. We have selected a butcher with a small USDA inspected facility who humanly slaughters our animals and individually vacuum seals the packages for convenient use and extended shelf life. We want to make the farm a part of the community and to have the community part of the farm. Being a part of that community we want to ensure that we are environmentally friendly and aware in everything we do here at Keenbell Farm. We take pride in the land that we have been provided and want to ensure that it will be here to provide for the community.
All of our cattle are pasture raised in a low stress atmosphere with no growth hormones, or routine antibiotics. We are implementing a rotational grazing system in order to allow the cattle to remain on pasture year-round which will produce a healthier product in comparison to grain fed beef. Grass fed beef is naturally lean, has less total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. In addition it has more vitamin E, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and a higher ratio of omega-3 vs. omega-6 fatty acids. Our cattle never receive any corn silage or any other grain or animal byproducts.
Our pigs are raised on pasture and are rotationally grazed also. The pigs love to root and play in the grass. We grind our own corn/soybean/hay mix and offer free-choice to help supplement the pasture, but the pigs choose the grass over feed any day. This management produces a tender, great tasting meat, with some of the same great health attributes as grass fed beef.
There is much work needed to be done on the farm, but we would love to have visitors. One thing that we at Keenbell Farm feel is very important is family, so we would love for you to bring yours out to see ours. Not only can you see exactly where and how your food is being raised but your children or grandchildren can come out to see and touch some farm animals. Along with the tour of actually seeing the animals you will leave with more knowledge of how we do things along with some farm education for the little ones. Feel free to call or e-mail us and set up a time to come by and see the animals and all of the beauty the country has to offer.
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