About The Farm
Heritage Hollow Farms
Mike and Molly Peterson founded Heritage Hollow Farms in late 2013, incorporating Mount Vernon Grassfed which operated as a 100% Grass Fed & Grass Finished Beef & Lamb and Pastured Pork farm for over a decade. The Petersons purchased the business and entered into a long-term lease on the land in October 2013.
Heritage Hollow Farms sits nestled at the base of the Shenandoah National Park in Rappahannock County, Virginia. At conception, Heritage Hollow rented two farms totaling approximately 500 acres but after just a couple of short years, it now rents five properties nearing 1,000 acres. The two initial farms - Mount Vernon Farm and Greenwood Farm - are multi-generational, conservation award winning farms. Rolling hills filled with diverse warm and cool season grasses, orchards, forests, and meadows for wildlife make up the landscape where the cattle and hogs are raised.
Heritage Hollow Farms operates with the intention to be responsible stewards of the land; promote diversity through ecologically sound practices; and to raise food with integrity. The pastures are managed in calculated harmony with the soil and weather; livestock are treated with respect and gratitude; and the farm business as a whole is viewed through holistic management practices to create long-term sustainability.
Heritage Hollow Farms products are processed in an Animal Welfare Approved, USDA-certified inspected facility. Products are individually packaged and flash frozen to maintain peak freshness. Bulk orders and whole animals are also available. Farming methods utilized are without the use of sub-therapeutic antibiotics or hormones. The livestock are first treated homeopathically if any treatment is needed, but if life is at risk we utilize the best available veterinary care to maintain comfortable quality of life. Heritage Hollow pigs live on pasture, orchards, wooded lots and are supplemented with a grain ration by Hiland Naturals which is Non-GMO Project Verified and Animal Welfare Approved, as well as tested for mycotoxins, herbicides and pesticides in the mornings to make sure we meet their nutritional needs that they may not be getting from grazing alone. It is the farm's intention to plan and have the ability to graze year-round but we do occasionally supplement with hay (a dried form of grass harvested from our own and surrounding pastures) when we need additional feed and forage. Our fields are not treated with chemicals nor poultry fertilizer but managed to promote the increase in healthy soil and forage with each passing season.
Interested in staying at one of the farms? Mount Vernon Farm - our first pasture farm - has a beautiful B&B and event venue. Contact The Inn at Mount Vernon Farm for more information.
We are proudly affiliated with the Rappahannock County Artisan Trail, Rappahannock Business Association, Virginia Grown, Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection (RLEP), Animal Welfare Approved, and The National Young Farmers Coalition.
A great video that helps to describe why we farm the way we do: Allan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate change from TED.