Rodman, NY

We started farming to create a healthy food system for our children. Yes, we wanted to live in the country and enjoy peace and quiet, but we wanted to be self sufficient. We are very concerned about the foods being mass-produced and shipped from overseas. Most countries the United States is buying produce from do not have high enough safety standards, and the meat being offered is overtreated with drugs, hormones and animal proteins. We as a family want no part of it.Stephen Winkler

Lucki 7 Farms, just
0 MILES
from its distributor in Ithaca, NY.
Daily Pasture Access
100%
Vegetarian Feed
100%
New York Raised
100%
Free of Antibiotics and Hormones
100%

Animal Welfare

Standards and Practices

The Winklers believe in sustainability but "taking care of the environment and our community is a message we carry everyday. If we can treat the land better than we received it and give to others more than they give us, we are completing our mission statement. We are all connected, people, animals and natural resources."

Story

A short history of the farm.

The Winklers moved to northern New York in June of 1997 and bought the original 100 acres, house and barn. Stephen and Lisa made a commitment in 1998 to grow as much food as possible to feed their family. They started with a small flock of layers, then added pigs, then meat chicken, then turkeys, then beef cows.

Goals

What does the future hold?

The farm is now 320 acres, sells 800 - 1000 hogs, 35 head of beef, 700 meat chickens, and 7000 dozen eggs a year. They have expanded into their own farm stand and increased the size of the market garden that grows organic vegetables. Lucki 7 has plans to add to its solar production, and include wind power.

Interview with Steven Winkler, Owner of Lucki 7 livestock Co.


An advocate for grass based agriculture, keeping food close to home and caring about our natural resources. I also look to employ young people and try to pass on my knowledge of being self employed and growing their own food.
Having a connection with our food and the family business.
We grow our own barley, corn, peas, soybeans, alfalfa.
Weather permitting the pigs are on green grass and native grasses. We have 16 different areas the pigs and cattle can roam. It totals approximately 120 acres.
We feed a 100% vegetarian diet and never feed antibiotics or administer hormones.
The balance of family time vs work time. It is very easy to work many hours and sacrifice the needs of your wife and children.
5am-finished. It varies from the change of seasons.
They have a place in agriculture and feeding people. It is very important technology that we must not ignore. It’s not for all farmers (thank goodness), but it has a role.
Very excited! My desire is to keep agriculture alive in the North East! With our tremendous East Coast Consumers wanting local food it will keep agriculture alive!
Start small but make it yours, get experience from a successful farmer and stay ahead of the curve.
“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you always gotten!”

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