Greenacres

Farm

Generative Since 1949

Mr. Nippert, a Greenacres founder, recognized that years of growing grain had depleted the soil, and set out to convert the farm from a grain operation to a cattle farm, believing that cattle and other livestock would naturally fertilize the pastures. His theory paid off, as Greenacres is now covered in lush green pastures and healthy, living soil created through multi-species grazing.

Agriculture

Department

Livestock Production

We raise a variety of animals using humane and low-stress handling techniques. Grass-finished Black Angus cattle and lamb, woodland raised pork, and a mixture of pastured poultry. We limit the use of antibiotics and avoid using pesticides or herbicides where animals will be grazing. Pasture rotation is strictly managed to help keep both animals and land healthy.

Department

Vegetable Production

Holistically and sustainably we grow a variety of vegetables that are exceptional in quality and ability to nourish. You can sample and purchase them at the Greenacres Farm Store or when we are at various farmer’s markets. They are free of chemical fertilizers and pesticides because of our growing methods like crop rotation, cover crops, and a living soil approach.

Department

Greenhouse Production

The greenhouse raises the majority of the plant materials needed by other departments. They work closely with the landscaping and events teams to provide over 5,000 annuals for the seasonal plantings and events around Greenacres. The vegetable production team relies on them to assist with vegetable seed propagation, as well as oversee the micro-greens program.

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Calves are up and walking within an hour of their birth. It is vital for the calf to nurse in that first hour to receive colostrum, the first bit of milk produced by the cow that is rich in nutrients and antibodies to help protect the calf from diseases. The heifer-calf from this week’s video post is already busy exploring the pasture with her momma! ...

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Our livestock team was in for quite a treat to have the opportunity to witness one of our cows give birth to a healthy heifer-calf this week. 8 calves have arrived on the farm so far this season, and we’re expecting 5 more! Our team creates a low-stress environment for our animals, allowing them plenty of space to deliver and bond with their calves. Welcome, little one! ❤️ ...

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Our horses are enjoying this beautiful morning in their pastures. Have a great holiday weekend! ...

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The herd moving into fresh pastures this morning. Our cows always have access to fresh grass and beautiful pastures because of the effort and care our livestock team puts into implementing our rotational grazing plans. ...

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The bees are busy in the sweet corn rows! Did you know that corn is mostly pollinated by the wind? Pollen grains fall from the tassels at the top of the plant onto the silk strands emerging from the ears below…each strand of silk is actually a hollow tube connected to a single kernel of corn! Each strand must be contacted by a pollen grain in order to produce a full ear of corn. 🤯🌽 ...

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