Ryan: I have generations of history here.
I am able to farm some of the same land my dad and my grandfather did. We actually live on a portion of the farm where I was born. I love that history, imagining my ancestors farming the same soil that I am. There’s something special about that.
My family fell out of the farming occupation, but I picked it up again out of a desire to improve our family’s health through better nutrition.
Now we’re feeding individual people and families. It allows me and Katrina to power through the frustrations on a given day with joy because there is purpose and meaning behind what we do.
Katrina: We actually started full-time farming in 2014 with a few chickens. Then we got a couple of head of beef for our own use and for other, close family members. We started expanding as we realized more people were interested in clean, healthy meat sources.
The idea for our name came from back in the 30s, 40s and 50s when many people homesteaded. There was that connection between neighbors and families. Everyone supplied their small communities directly. The definition of ‘vintage’ is ‘something that stands the test of time’ or ‘has great value.’
Ryan: I would love for the focus of every farm to be on their own families first, then on their neighbors and communities second, and from that solid anchor, we feed the world.
Many times our modern farms have it all backward. They endeavor to feed the world through low quality but high efficiency.
When we focus on feeding our families first, we’re going to focus on quality. That’s what’s really in my heart for the farming community.
We need farms like ours in every neighborhood.
– Ryan and Katrina Schrock, co-owners, Vintage Meadows Farm
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This summer, we're taking a look at some of the small farms and urban gardens you'll only find in Goshen! More stories to come through September.
Written and edited by Wendy Wilson
Original publish date April 2022