A small organic poultry farm tucked into the rolling hills of Dayton, Virginia, Cedar Ridge Farm has been working with us since the beginning. Farmer Jeffrey Zimmerman has farmed all his life and started raising broilers in 1991. He likes the freedom SVO allows him, and growing organic birds is important to him. Jeffrey, his wife Marie, and their family all pitch in with the gardening and tending the horses and laying hens. The Zimmermans also have a sawmill they use to create a number of different wood products, from simple yet sturdy picnic tables to assorted furniture pieces and even buildings. A typical day on this busy farm is a flurry of activity, starting with getting the little ones off to school, followed by managing the chickens, gathering eggs from the laying hens, sawing lumber, or tending the wood kiln. After a late lunch, they each tackle odd jobs before reconvening as a family around the dinner table. When they’re ready for some down time, they don’t have to go far. Their property includes sacred, secluded mountain land where they can camp and hunt. 

Lynda Bostrom