OUR HERITAGE

A few short years ago, I found myself where many Americans find themselves daily. I sat at my desk and devoted myself to my work and studies yet always found distractions and second guesses in my thoughts.

I was part of society, I was part of the system, I was exactly where my 13 years of post high school education had told me I should be. Day in and day out as well as most nights and weekend, I designed and conducted experiments that lead to important scientific discoveries about human melanoma. It was gratifying to work for sure, however, like most of us in the corporate world, I was frustrated by the shady politics that accompany a faltering economy. I wanted out. In September 2011 the out came by the way of a massive wildfire that consumed 1700 homes in Texas, including my own. Ironically, amongst the ashes of our home were both of my work computers and the two back-up external hard drives containing thousands of hours of unpublished data and the bulk of my scientific career. As I found myself contemplating the next step in life, my mother offered up a suggestion..

“Come home.” Come home to the family homestead 1600 miles away in Lincolnton, NC and start over with a clean slate. So that is exactly what I did.

Upon my arrival in October, 2011 I was surprised at the dilapidated condition of many of the buildings and most of the farm equipment and tractors. My aging mother had maintained the homestead by herself since the passing of my pawpaw in 1998 but clearly the deterioration of the farm was outpacing her ability to repair it. With her other two sons wrapped up in their own careers, it became clear to me that there was going to be a gap in the succession of this family homestead that was settled more than 150 years ago. In the United States, this is the case for thousands of family farms every year as large corporate highly subsidized farming operations starve out small family farms in the marketplace. As a child, I spent many summers on the farm and fondly remember working and playing with my grandparents. I wanted to ensure that the family farm survived so that my children would also be given the same opportunity to have those memories and thus began the establishment of Hoffman Heritage & Heirlooms.

Produce you can feel good about eating

Our respect and dedication to Heritage transcend far past that of our family. In fact, we have carefully incorporated it into the selection of our livestock. When we first brought the American Mulefoot hogs to this farm, a breed that is registered with the American Livestock Conservancy, their number of species had dwindled down to the double digits. We decided then the importance of dedicating our efforts in the fight to helping save these Heritage breed animals. We made a commitment to promoting a more respectable animal production paradigm and bringing flavor back to the table by raising Heritage Hogs. Thanks to you, and other consumers who have supported the use of this richly marbled pork, the American mulefoot population is is now considered to be in recovery. One year ago, we introduced a second Heritage breed hog to the farm, the red wattle.

Fresh Produce Year Around

Organic Lifestyle Farming

On The Farm

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Fresh fruits

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Fresh vegetables

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WHAT WE BELIEVE

Combining a background of postdoctoral research at MD Anderson Cancer Research Center with studies of Chinese medicine at Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine it was easy for both of us to see the importance of diet and nutrition for our overall health and well-being. It is clear that preventative approaches are ever as effective and even more pertinent in today’s pharmaceutical-fueled society than restorative approaches. In a classical Chinese text from over 2,500 years ago, the Yellow Emperor stated ” Treating a disease after it has manifested is like digging a well after you are thirsty.” These sentiments are constantly reaffirmed any time we pay attention to food labels and nutritional data and realize that we are living in a world where lemonade is made from high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors while furniture polish is advertised as being made from “real lemons.

” We want to give our family the gift of a more pure, wholesome life free of artificial flavors. Hoffman Heritage & Heirlooms takes great pride in saying that we only grow heirloom produce and we only raise heritage breeds of animals that were once popular with our ancestors. We do not use pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizer and our animals live out on pasture in an enriched and humane environment. We believe that you are what you eat, and what you eat should be as pure and unaltered as possible.

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