Address: 26541 County 40, Chatfield MN 55923 / (507) 867-1601
About Us / Ward Hilltop Farm History: Currently offering Free Range Heritage Ancona Duck, Free Range Heritage Ark of Taste American Bronze Turkey, Free Range Heritage Araucana Chicken eggs; Free Range Dark Heritage Cornish Chicken; Coturnix Quail and their finely speckled eggs; and grass fed beef cuts and lean ground beef. Our century family farm implements sustainable and biological practices, including avoiding growth hormones, antibiotics, synthetic fertilizers or herbicides, nor GMO seed. We plant heirloom and organic seed in our fields and gardens, using our own natural fertilizers in the form of cattle and chicken manure composted with table scraps the chickens don't consume fresh, and tea and compost from our Compost Tumbler, as well as worm castings in our gardens and raised beds.Currently we're striving to provide a perennial native environment to attract and support healthy insect and bird populations near our fruit trees and gardens. We enjoy a menagerie of bird life, including morning calls of the Meadowlark atop our yard light, Bluebirds, a variety of Woodpeckers, Creepers, Cardinal, Nuthatch, Chickadee, Bluejay, Hawks and Eagles. With the valley, woods, Lynch Creek and 15 adjacent acres in the Conservation Reserve Program, we benefit from a buffer zone from conventional farmers on three sides of our acreage.Sewing, harvesting, grinding and storing our own feed grains and hay mix, we utilize a combination of newer and antique machinery, inviting you to watch the process of utilizing antique equipment to shell and grind our heritage corn, and grind the remaining corn cobs for animal bedding in the comfort of the barn's alleyway where we also mix feed grains, oyster shell and pro-biotic to suit the specific dietetic requirements of each of the animal breeds in our care. Our reclaimed barn frame building structure designs enlist old methods of construction. Animals are all beloved pets and cared for with great respect and tenderness, providing as much freedom possible, yet assuring protection from most natural predators of SE MN, including fox, coyote, raccoon, skunk, and weasel. In exchange for a comfortable life, the creatures under our care provide us endless pleasure, from the 4:00 am first rooster crow to the cackles of joy from each hen announcing the laying of her daily egg We are continually expanding our diverse hobby farm to offer local families wholesome, safe meat and produce. Woodland and field areas also offer a variety of wild berries for gathering if you're willing to do the work! Things to come: greenhouse, varietal apples, wine and table grapes We look forward to hearing from you as we are developing a Facebook site!