Barb and Mike Shipley bought Shipley’s farm in April, 2012 with the intention of developing it into something amazing.
We have recently purchased another farm almost immediately over the road from our first property and Barb and Mike will be living on this new property from mid September this year (2013). The infrastructure on the new farm is much better than was the case on our first property and we will be able to utilise this to add to our plans for the future.
We have done an incredible amount of work, changing fences, installing permanent water lines, finishing the very partly completed house, adding to the limited infrastructure and implementing a holistic approach to the whole property.
We are only at the very early stages of our project, with big plans for the development still to come. We have completed our own butchers preparation room, cool room and freezer and this enables us to process all of our own meats at the farm. We also do some preparation for outside growers when we have the time.
The farm is open every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9am till 4pm for direct sales of all of our produce and all are invited to call in to view our fabulous range of meats and ferments (kefir, kombucha, water kefir), along with certified bio-dynamic lard and tallow. We also do bones for anyone who wants to make their own healthy bone broths.
Included in our goals are some dairy cows (Jerseys) for our own raw milk, to encourage someone to grow veges for us on the farm, both for our own use and to sell through our buying clubs, and to expand on the use of our butcher's preparation room.
Are we close to reaching our goals? Some, but a long way from getting to where we want to be, and frankly, we will probably never quite get there!
Shipley’s Farm practices & promotes ethical animal husbandry, regenerative landscape stewardship and we stand for local community renewal.
We are certified biodynamic with Demeter.
The farm produces (seasonally) : BEYOND ORGANIC pastured lamb, hogget, beef & pork and is situated a mere 20 minute drive from Albany.