Jim and Caite started the process of taking over Jim's family farm in 2014. As we looked at more ways to make the farm self-sustaining we decided to move more toward grass-fed livestock. The gentle hills of our part of the Driftless region in Northeast Iowa mean that most of our acreage is far more suitable for pasture than for putting in row crops.
Currently we are raising a cow-calf herd and herd of Katahdin ewes and lambs on pasture. We find that raising our livestock outside and on grass gives us a high quality product without relying on artificial hormones or growth promotants.
Jim and Caite
True love Iowa style!
The Little Farmhand
The addition of the little farm hand means we have the 5th generation growing up on the farm.
The Little Buckaroo
Adding a second little farmer has upped the chaos, but things are a lot more fun!
Every farm needs a grinny pup.
Our farm is growing
Growing our own feed means more work, but it also means knowing exactly what is going in to our meat.
We keep all of our lambs on their mamas, deep bedded in a warm shed for the winter. Our hay, straw, and grain for feed is all raised on the farm.
We love our cows.
Our cows know and like us. There's pretty much nothing as nosy as a mama cow.
The barn windows frequently provide a sunny spot for critters to keep tabs on the farm.
In the office
We're proud to be an Allis-Chalmers family.
At Prairie's Edge we're proud to feed our animals products that are grown on the farm. No byproducts, no hormones, no sub-therapeutic antibiotics.
Our barn is one of the highlights of the farm. Almost 100 years old and still used daily!
Having half the farm in prairie conservation reserve gives us lots of habitat and gorgeous views.