ll that's an, um, interesting name for a farm- how did that come to be?
Steve & Amy Farrand started their small farm in 2009 with 10 chickens. Steve's Amish-built shed that held his beloved tools & guy-stuff was converted to a chicken coop with several additions over the years... now being as big as many small homes with brooding rooms & separate wings (see what I did there?) for the spoiled birds. 'Chicken Math' in play here... the struggle is real... Steve's knowing how to build anything has been a blessing for Amy, and, at times, probably a curse for Steve who cuts NO corners with anything he builds or does.
Next came a few pigs & then a few cows... Amy always wanted to raise her own animals & given Steve's having been raised on a farm, he graciously agreed to Amy's request knowing she'd love it.
Well, they needed a name for the farm & thought it would be cute to combine their names to be ... SteAmy Farms.
He was excited to raise his kids to learn the values & skills that growing up on a farm instills, especially having his mentors, mom & dad, still next door on the homestead, & brother, trained in animal husbandry and mechanics, also next door.
Steve & Amy both had full time jobs, two growing kids, pets, & were building their home. Time was never a luxury, but the farm began, on a small scale, and somehow still took every free moment. It was important to feed the family with quality food and teach the kids the invaluable lessons Steve grew up learning. They sold a few pigs, cows, & chickens each year which helped cover feed costs at least...
Then in early 2018, after a couple of years of intense discussion, Amy 'retired' from her full-time corporate (paying job) to pursue self-employed happiness & expand the farm with Steve. Who knew retirement would be so much work?? For our beef and pork, we use two USDA Certified butchers and we are able to process our own turkeys and chickens on site (reducing stress and potential illness/loss when shipping them to an outside facility) because we keep it under the 1000 bird maximum for NY state requirements.
It's been an amazing journey. We became an LLC, started doing farmers markets, built a website, put in a walk-in freezer & LOTS of new infrastructure around the farm. This includes expanding and building more fencing and pastures for the cows, pigs, chickens, & turkeys, digging and installing automatic thermal waterers, updating the barn infrastructure, adding an inside corral and headgate/certified scale to make managing cows and pigs safer and easier for us and them when moving, building multiple chicken and turkey tractors for pasturing, buying new tractors and hay making/field management equipment, updating electrical and fencing to be more effective, building a heated poultry brooding structure for day-old chicks & poults until they're ready to go on pasture, purchasing stainless steel poultry processing equipment and building walk-in cooler for processing, pouring concrete, purchasing bulk storage vessels for our Non-GMO feed (so we don't fill landfills with countless feedbags), as well as continuous upkeep on all of the above mentioned updates, and the list goes on & on & on & on.
We've met THE MOST INCREDIBLE, intelligent, gracious people through this journey. We've heard stories about how our labor of love has impacted their lives for the better which has made the amount of work & sacrifice worth it. We've invited prospective homesteaders here to show them what we learned the hard way and how we have improved our processes, as well as customers who really want to know where their food comes from.
Our mission is to provide the best quality of life for every living creature on our farm because they deserve it. And so do you.
Thank you for letting us into your homes. And for your business.