This farm was owned by distant relatives since ????. Nettie Miller then sold the farm to Raymond in 1972.
Raymond Werkheiser - deceased
Gramps added an addition on the house and build the shop in the early 80's. The shop is the farm headquarters where most of the butchering, planning and card playing happens.
Main contact for any questions. He is recently retired and can now focus all of his time on farming. Ricky has spent many years growing produce and is always looking for new and better ways to expand our produce offering.
Makes sure all the work gets done. He maintains the equipment, property and works with the chickens and goats.
Interested in all things food which leads to many of the new projects we are trying
Cousin, Joel Wildasin, brings a unique blend of farming experiences to the Werkheiser Family Farm. Trained in Tropical Agriculture, he has spent time in management of a small demonstration farm in South Florida and has worked overseas as director of agriculture for an orphanage project in Tanzania. Joel's experience in American Farming practices range from conventional family farms, to cattle ranching in Montana and organic CSA's in Lancaster County.
Joel and his wife Lauren have four children, their oldest, Treth states often that he wants to be a farmer like his daddy when he grows up.
And of course nothing would happen without help from our friends:
Is the muscle brought in for big jobs
Is involved in all transportation issues. He is willing to drop what he is doing on a moment's notice and drive to wherever to find and buy anything. He also loves to negotiate pricing.
We currently have aprox 150 laying hens. We house our hens in movable wagons so that they can be on pasture the majority of the year.
–$3.50 per dozen
We raise Cornish crosses for meat birds. These birds get to live outside on grass and only experience "one bad day".
- We currently have whole chickens as well as parts
- Pastured poultry info
- Butchering pics
- We normally freeze the majority of what we butcher, however if you let us know what you are looking for we can package it fresh and let you know when it is available for pick up.
Pasture raised eggs Facts:
- 1/3 less cholesterol
- 1/4 less saturated fat
- 2/3 more vitamin A
- 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
- 3 times more vitamin E
- 7 times more beta carotene
- Pasture Raised Brown Eggs $3.50/doz
Pasture Raised Chicken
Chicken is available fresh or frozen - Please contact us to arrange pickup of fresh chicken at the farm or on butchering days.
- Whole $3.50/lb
- Boneless Breasts $7.00/lb
- Legs and thighs $4.00/lb
- Wings $4.00/lb
- Backs for soup $2.50 ea.
We current have 5 young Boer goats
There is a synergy between chickens and other types of grazing livestock. Usually this is done with beef so that the longer grass can be utilized by the cattle. The chickens are then moved into the area the next day so that they can eat short tender grass. They will also scratch the manure from the grazing animals apart so it will be dispersed and absorbed into the soil quickly.
We are trying a few goats instead of cattle. Goats actually prefer weeds and broad leaf plants whenever possible, therefore as we plant new pasture, the goats should keep weeds from proliferating and keep us from having to use sprays.
I am not sure if or when we will be able to start selling goats for meat, but I will keep this site updated on our progress.
- Goats, like humans, have accents.
- They Stand on Cows
- They Can Be Hard-Drinking Mayors
- Buzkashi is the national sport of Afghanistan, and literally translates as "goat-grabbing"
- They Have Weird Rectangular Pupils
- They are Abused in Fraternity Hazing
**mostly these projects are for our own personal use, however you never know what the future might hold
Over the last 5 years we have planted many fruit trees including apple, peach, plum, pear and cherry
This is the first year I have had bees at the farm. Not sure if we will have any honey this year but I think they helped with pollination and I will definitely keep working them
The raspberries did better this year, our next step is to learn more about when and how much to prune
I have experimented with wine a few times in the past. Currently we have a few batches of dandelion wine aging.
We also planted aprox 30 various grape vines this year, so hopefully we will have some grape wine next couple years.
We planted 20 blueberry bushes this spring. We should have a partial crop next year.
Every year we butcher 2 pigs for our personal use.