What is re-generative agriculture and why do we think it's so important? Regenerative Agriculture describes farming and grazing
practices that rebuild the soil's organic matter and restores degraded soil biodiversity. This results in carbon drawdown,
improvements on the water cycle and healthier soil.
Nathan grew up on a dairy farm. Farming is in his blood.
Meghan grew up with horses. Her grandparents ran a dairy farm and her great-grandfather raised beef and pigs in which he butchered himself.
In 2003, both with their own beef herd, Meghan and Nathan first met at the Washington County Fair.
In 2010 they decided to merge their herds to form a larger farm business and later that same year processed beef together for the first time.
2011 came the pigs and chickens. The first pigs were sold as halves and wholes to family and friends. They raised the chickens for eggs.
2012 was a big turning point. Nathan and Meghan processed half of their pigs but kept the rest to start their own breeding herd. They also ventured out and started raising meat chickens and some turkeys. Now with beef, eggs, chicken, pork and turkey, the couple decided to expand their business and their family! They started selling products at the Greenwich Farmers’ Market and became pregnant with their first child. This is the year Grazin’ Acres Farm was officially (DBA) created.
In 2013 both Meghan and Nathan were working additional full time jobs while running the ever growing Grazin’ Acres Farm. They started selling at the Glens Falls and Queensbury Farmers’ Markets. They introduced the official Grazin’ Acre Farm logo this year.
Meghan and Nathan were married in 2014. True to both their hearts, the couple was married on the farm and served their own farm-raised meats to wedding guests. They were also expecting child number 2.
In 2015 Grazin’ Acres Farm started attending the Chestertown Farmers’ Market and Meghan stopped working off-farm, dedicating all her time to farm business and family. This was the first year they started to raise lambs.
2016 - A struggle and a setback. Meghan and Nathan lost all of their pigs and their dog due to a disease similar to Lyme. Even though this disease had no effect on the meat quality, only breeding abilities, the animals were put down by the State of New York. Megan went back to working off-farm as a school teacher, while Nathan stayed home with the kids until they found daycare.
By 2017 both Nathan and Meghan were working off-farm but were determined to grow Grazin’ Acres Farm bigger and better. The couple greatly expanded their personal vegetable garden to introduce fresh produce for market sales. Their pig herd was re-established.
2019 welcomed baby number 3!
2020 COVID. The market for farm fresh meat and veggies grew and Nathan was able to stop working off farm spending all of his hours with Grazin’ Acres Farm. They have since been blessed with supplying many new families throughout Warren and Washington counties with their high quality meats and veggies.
In 2021 the farm joined the Saratgoa Farmers Market for the summer season.
Spring 2022 our second high tunnel was put up. Baby number four was born in August. The produce side of the business expanded.
Grazin' Acres Farm
Nathan and Meghan Mattison
49 Wolfe Ln, Salem, NY 12865
Also find us at......
Chestertown Farmers' Market
Glens Falls Farmers' Market
Saratoga Farmers' Market