Small farms dominated the American landscape prior to World
War II, but their numbers soon dwindled as larger,
commercially-based farms grew at unprecedented rates. Advances
in technology made much of this possible, with more 'productive'
machinery replacing the work once done by family and neighbors.
Biotechnology and genetically-modified seeds also contributed to
the growth of commercial farms, as more potent fertilizer
increased the yield of pest- and drought-resistant crops used for
human consumption and livestock feed.
While these 'advances' have assisted in feeding much of the world,
they have, in our opinion, come at the expense of quantity over
quality. Obviously, our assumption does not ignore the practical
considerations inherent in supplying some 3 billion people with
food. Food must be produced. Yet, we firmly believe that at least
some food should be available that is produced by similar means
practiced by those family farms mentioned above.
It is this return to the old(er) that captures the essence of Fiddle
Knoll, and is the reason we farm. Beginning as a homestead by one
family that by all accounts practiced 'natural' dairy farming as a
living, livelihood and way of life, we too strive for a more natural