Address: 17 Lloyd's Way, Louisburg NC 27549 / (919) 608-8414
About Us / Two Bridges Farm History: Raises Animal Welfare Approved laying hens, meat chickens, and goats.\n\nIn October of 2009, Gary and Ranell Bridges left the city life in Raleigh and moved onto 21 acres in rural north-central North Carolina. Ranell, who considered herself a “country girl” and had grown up with horses, shared a dream with Gary of living and working on a farm, but neither had raised livestock. Their dream quickly began to materialize when they bought a herd of goats and a flock of chickens within the first month of their move. For the next year, as Gary and Ranell acclimated to farm life, the groundwork was laid for commercial production and in 2011, after being joined by their son, Austin, Two Bridges Farm began to sell goat meat, eggs and produce.\n\nGary and Ranell chose to raise Boer meat goats to help them manage the overgrown pastures they inherited when they moved to the farm. Goats were a functional answer to the farm’s need to clear brush and weeds, and the Boer breed, known for its high-quality meat and fast growth, don’t require milking. The farm’s laying hens are mixed breeds and produce colorful, pasture-raised eggs.\n\nThe Bridges chose to pursue Animal Welfare Approved certification for their laying hens and goats because, Ranell says, “We love our animals and we want people to know and understand that.” Being recognized for their adherence to the highest animal welfare standards is a beneficial marketing tool and helps them communicate to their customers, with the help of a third party certification, that they are dedicated to animal welfare and sustainability. Because of this dedication, the Bridges use organic practices to raise their animals and grow the produce they sell.\n\nRanell, Gary and Austin at Two Bridges Farm work hard to bring their customers high-welfare delicious goat meat, healthy pasture-raised eggs, and fresh produce, which can be purchased at local farmers’ markets and direct from the farm. Call or email for availability, or post to their facebook page. You can also learn more about their farm on the Two Bridges Farm Blog.