Conference Food Providers

Feature your Breed at the Livestock Conservancy Conference!

One of the most memorable highlights for attendees of the national conference are the networking meals featuring heritage breed meats, heirloom vegetables, and local products. This is a terrific way to showcase your favorite breed or variety among the diverse group of foodies, farmers, scientists, and others who attend the conference and is a perfect opportunity for attendees to learn more about heritage breeds and heirloom seeds while providing a tasty addition to the conference menu.

The Livestock Conservancy is once again encouraging product contributors to send business cards and flyers that can be shared with attendees during the meals. Your name and contact information will also be included in the conference packets that all attendees receive at check-in, and listed here on the website - for up to 6 months after the conference! If you would like to contribute to the Conservancy’s conference success and promote your farm or ranch through a product donation, please email Angelique Thompson.

We look forward to hearing from you!


 

Thank you to all of our members who donated generously to this year's banquet.

2016 Food Providers - THANK YOU!


Firefly Farms

Mulefoot hog donated by:
Van Brown, Beth Tillman & Dugan Tillman-Brown
Mystic, CT

Dugan first fell in love with farming when he attended the Mountain School in Vermont. It is a high school designed to integrate academics and farm life together. He left there and continued with the normal course of study which eventually lead to a degree in  resource economics and a job in Texas. Upon his return to CT, he began talking with his parents about how he was concerned about the food supply. His sister, Allena, was already encouraging her family to consume as much organic food as possible and attend farmers markets, but with the added voice of her brother the seed of an idea began to germinate. Dugan began avidly researching homesteading and animal husbandry. He discovered the American Livestock Breed Conservancy and their list of heritage animals. He spoke with a local farmer, Craig Floyd, about his animals and how they were being raised differently from other small farms.Eventually the search for a suitable piece of property began around the same time that the YMCA decided to sell their North Stonington day camp. It appeared to be the perfect place to start and in June of 2011 the purchase was finalized. Work began immediately to restore the buildings and assess the necessary work to make a day camp into a farm. The first animals arrived at the farm in November of the same year in the form of five adorable Tri-Heritage piglets from Craig Floyd’s Footstep Farm.Since then, Firefly Farms began its herds of critically endangered Mulefoots (hog), Randalls (bovine), Guinea Hogs (hog) and flock of Dorkings (chickens).

Website:fireflyfarmsllc.com
Phone: 860-917-7568
Email: info@fireflyfarmsllc.com
 


Lazlo Family Farm

Gloucestershire Old Spots ham, Navajo-Churro mutton donated by:
Virginia Culligan & Clarke Laszlo
Ashby, MA

The Laszlo Family farm is  located in North Central Massachusetts. They actively market the meat of Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs & Navajo-churro Sheep, and recently introduced their farm’s own SITZENS Animal Treats. They sell SITZENS, alongside their Pork & Lamb at Massachusetts Farmers Markets in the Boston-metro area. Their sons, Joseph & Samuel, manage sales at the markets while Clarke converses about the quality and preparation of Farm Fresh Food, for both Humans & their Pets! Their livestock are rotationally managed and they maintain their own stock year round. They feed forage from their farm, as well as surplus from a local orchard and grocery store. They take pride in growing generations of food from their farm, and value deeply their relationships with fellow farmers and the consumers they meet.

Website: laszlofamilyfarm.com
SITZENS Dog treats: www.sitzens.com
Phone: 978-386-0039


Maple Breeze Farm

American Milking Devon hamburger donated by:
John & Bonnie Hall
Westbrook, CT

John Hall's ancestors received a grant from the King of England to settle the original part of their farm in Westbrook, CT,  circa 1710 and built a farmhouse. Later a one room school house was built and future generations continued to add on and farm. The farm has stayed in the family for centuries. Their pork and beef (they sell only hamburger) is USDA-inspected. On Saturdays, from the end of October through the end of May, you can find them in the Corn Crib at the farm. They welcome people to come to see them, sit a spell, have a cup of hot chocolate, and see the animals. When the sugar shack is running, they offer Sugar on Snow tastings, free of charge. John is President of the American Milking Devon Cattle Association.

Website: www.maplebreezefarm.com
Phone: 860-399-4611
Email: johnandbonniehall610@comcast.net


Lola Farms and Gardens

Gloucestershire Old Spots shoulders donated by: 
Kimberly Ruessler
Lake Butler, FL

Lola Farms and Gardens is a small farm located in Lake Butler, Florida. Their operation consists of heritage breed livestock: pigs, dairy goats and chickens. Their main focus is the conservation of the Gloucestershire Old Spot breed and producing pasture raised pork. They have a small herd of Oberhasli dairy goats and a flock of laying hens. Their mission is to help conserve Gloucestershire Old Spots pigs by producing premium quality pork, naturally grown and humanely raised on pasture, and free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), antibiotics and hormones.

Website: www.lolafarms.com
Phone:352-665-7387
Email: kimberly@lolafarms.com
 


Black Duck Farm

Cayuga duck eggs donated by:
Amy Robandt & CJ Walton
Becket, MA

 

Black Duck Farm is located on several acres in Becket, Massachusetts, a small hill-town in the middle of the Berkshires. The farm raises several heritage duck breeds for eggs and meat, including Cayugas, Welsh Harlequins, Anconas, and Saxony. They strive to raise happy, healthy birds that live in a natural environment and reflect the diversity of domestic duck breeds. Black Duck Farm hopes that their farm may encourage others to consider raising heritage breeds of any livestock. Duck eggs are rich, creamy, flavorful, and contain more protein, vitamins, and Omega-3s than chicken eggs. Duck eggs have a larger yolk, less water, and more fat, which makes them ideal for baking and just about everything else!

Website: www.blackduckfarm.net
Phone: 413-854-3499
Email:   info@blackduckfarm.net
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/BlackDuckFarmMA/