OUR STORY

KNOW YOUR FARMER, KNOW YOUR FOOD

In 1986



Jerry Steckler moved his family to St. Henry, a little village in South Central Dubois County, Indiana. At that time, he adopted a similar mindset to that of many other American farmers...big agriculture was the way to go.

Jerry began planting and harvesting crops to feed his growing herd of Holsteins. However, soon realized that the labor-intensive work of conventional farming would wear hi and his family down quickly and the methods of conventional mass farming weren't fitting into their natural, homegrown idea. They knew there had to be a better way, a more natural way of doing things.

That’s when they discovered a man named Joel Salatin from the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Joel spearheaded the fundamental idea that farming should go back to the basics…letting animals eat what they were designed to eat in the environment they were created to inhabit.

Hence, Steckler Grassfed Farms was born.

In 1994



Steckler Grassfed Farms reinvented the way we operated and haven’t looked back since.

We started off by letting the cows munch in the fields using intensive rotational grazing, where they get a fresh salad bar of grass twice a day. The cows are calmer, we don’t have to harvest nearly as much hay, and best of all, they leave most of the manure out at pasture.

SEE THE RECIPES

In 2007



Steckler Grassfed Farms became certified organic with Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA).


We’ve been raising pastured poultry for around 17 years. Man, those early days were a sight to behold. We were real rookies in the butchering business! But seventeen years later, we’ve got it down to a science. Each person has their own preferred job on the assembly line, and we can dress around 350 chickens in about 4 to 5 hours now.

If you want to come out and see how it’s done, we welcome those extra hands on butchering and packing days! It’s been a pleasure building relationships with folks over the years and providing them with high quality, nutritious food. We hope you consider us when planning your family’s meals.

Meet Our Passionate Team


WE ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF RETURNING TO NATURE'S WAY OF SUPPLYING FOOD.

Nature-Based

All the animals are provided a nature-based diet including grass for the cows and sheep and grass, bugs and a high quality mixture of grains for the chickens and turkeys. The highest quality forage is grown by returning the soil to nature. Instead of relying on chemical fertilizers, we use compost to reintroduce vital nutrients to the soil. No pesticides or herbicides are used either. This, in turn, allows a hearty crop of earthworms to repopulate the soil with nutrients the natural way.

Accreditation

We trust that God designed His creatures with natural antibodies to ward off disease and infection when given their natural habitat to thrive. Hence, no antibiotics, hormones, steroids, or other foreign additives are given to any of the animals. You can rest assured that you are consuming 100% pure food. To add credibility to these claims, we became certified organic in 2007 with Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA).

Locally Sourced

We also believe in the philosophy that folks should eat what is readily available. That’s why we are thrilled to provide you a LOCAL source for high quality, nutritious food. If you aren’t able to grow your own, you have the means to know your food and know your farmer. With food from Steckler Grassfed Farms, you can experience the satisfaction of trusting that your food is, in fact, the best you can provide your family.

Eat Wild

“When you choose to eat meat, eggs, and dairy products from animals raised on pasture, you are improving the welfare of the animals, helping to put an end to environmental degradation, helping small-scale ranchers and farmers make a living from the land, helping to sustain rural communities, and giving your family the healthiest possible food. It’s a win-win-win-win situation.” To learn more, visit EatWild.Com