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Miller Family Farm's cattle herd has been closed since 1999. That means our animals are born on this land to mamas who've lived here their whole lives, who know every field, where to find the fresh amaranth, and which gate takes them to that day's new pasture. They live peaceful, undisturbed lives right where they, and 20 generations of their ancestors roamed, eating nothing but our forages. For its early work in such methods, our farm was recognized in 2002 with the Tennessee Cattleman of the Year award. Our animals seem to know us as well as we know them: see in the picture below as then four-year-old Landon faces off the calm herd with a single string.
With the turn of our family’s century owning this farm, the newly-formed Lick Skillet operation has brought in pork, lamb, and eggs to continue in supplying healthy, responsibly produced protein directly to our local community.
We choose to steward this land with conservation practices, regenerative grazing techniques, appropriate technology, biodiversity and pollinator support, and an eye to future generations that will rely even more heavily on the myriad ecosystem services it provides. We never broadcast synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, or insecticides; we forgo the use of hormones for weight gain, and never supplement feed with antibiotics. Our regenerative grazing practices finish animals on lively, biodiverse pastures rich in organic matter: infiltrating water, sequestering carbon, and supporting a host of buzzing, flying, and hopping wildlife.
We limit ourselves to local distribution, because we think feeding our family, friends, and neighbors is what farming was meant to be. We understand that none of this could happen without our customers, and we deeply appreciate your support. We would love to have you visit the farm, at 800 Lick Skillet Lane in New Market, and join us in celebrating family, farming, food, and friendship!