Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy

Driftless Hills farm is a small scale family farm raising small batches of rotationally pastured meat. We believe in growing nutrient-dense food that is raised with humane stewardship of our animals and resilience of our land.

Quote by Wendell Berry: The care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.

This heritage farm is leased from the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT) and was donated to SILT by the Luzum family to be used for sustainable, food-centered agriculture for now and forever.

Optimal well-being is our passion. Whole, unprocessed food is a means to good health.  All food is not created equal. Whatever inputs go into feeding our animals directly impacts the nutrients we desire for our family. Pesticide and herbicide free food is our foremost goal (no GMO) but we also care to put quality fats and vibrant, vitamin rich food on our table.

Vibrant food comes down to the health and well being of our animals.  No hormones, antibiotics, or vaccines are ever administered. Probiotics and medicinal herbs may be used to help maintain optimal health. Using rotational grazing, we can ensure the animals have fresh feed and spread out the manure, which slows down parasite activity and naturally fertilizes the soil to encourage microbial balance and keep the grass coming back strong and lush.

We raise 100% grass-fed lamb, which are rotationally grazed on pasture for as many weeks during the year as possible. They are fed hay in the winter months and never grains. Our pastures are certified organic by OCIA International. 

Our heritage breed pigs and chickens are also rotated on pasture and in timber. While this grazing is seasonal, they have outdoor access all winter, as well. They are fed a certified organic ration of small grains and minerals. It is soy-free and low or no-corn formulated to have high omega-3 fatty acids.  This year we will be growing our own certified organic feed of small grains for our animals.