Address: 1446 Howard Mill Rd, Newark Valley NY 13811 / (607) 423-6145
About Us / Brothers Ridge Farms History: Raises Animal Welfare Approved stock cattle.\n\nDrew Lewis’s great grandparents first purchased farmland in Newark Valley in the late 1900s. After almost a century, the land had mostly passed out of his family’s hands. In 1997, however, Drew purchased 60 acres and began to rehabilitate what had become a very dilapidated and neglected farm. Today, Brother’s Ridge Farms comprises around 200 acres of his family’s original property and is home to a thriving herd of grassfed AWA-certified Black Angus cattle. \nWith a master’s degree in agronomy from Cornell University, Drew has focused his attention on increasing the biomass, soil quality and fertility of his “comeback farm,” as he calls it. Drew sees his cattle as a vital tool in his efforts to bring the landscape of his upstate New York farm back to full health and productivity. His own knowledge about pasture-based farming and land management was supplemented by a nine-month trip he took to New Zealand where raising ruminants on pasture is the prevailing husbandry practice. \nDrew has been fortunate to have had access to a group of mentors and peers who share knowledge and provide services for one another. “This support network has been the single most important fact in my becoming a successful farmer and businessman,” says Drew. “They have helped me to address and overcome numerous challenging problems, such as ensuring we expand at the correct rate in order to meet demand and avoid unnecessary risks.” \nA central principle of the grassfed cattle operation at Brother’s Ridge Farm is that success is dependent on the cattle’s health and wellbeing—when they have a bad day, so does the business. “Using the highest welfare practices ensures that our cattle are calm and can focus on getting the nutrients they need from our high-quality pastures,” explains Drew. “This is husbandry as it should be.” \nDrew lives with his wife and two young daughters on their farm. He hopes that one day his girls will be the fifth generation to continue the family’s farming legacy.