Who We Are
Dave and Heather Szklarski have a homestead located North of Grafton, ND on 5 acres. At any given time, we might be growing a variety of produce, pastured poultry and pastured pork.
A big inspiration for us was reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma back in 2008. That book really planted the seed in our minds about eating locally and choosing sustainable food.
Our first garden was in a city owned plot in Bozeman, MT. When we moved back to our hometown, Grafton, ND, we had a small plot in a mother’s large garden and our first flock of chickens. The first year growing in ND we sold some vegetables and herbs at the Park River Farmers Market.
Once we found our own farmstead we were able to really start marketing what we were growing and have had a handful of CSA shares, sold produce at the Grafton Farmer’s Market and direct marketed our poultry and pork.
Square Peg Food Farm was a founding vendor of the Grafton Farmer’s Market and Heather is also on the steering committee. We enjoy learning and sharing as much as we can about growing food sustainably here in the Red River Valley.
We strive to grow our produce using organic principals, including the use of Organic seed. We are not Certified Organic. We do our best to procure local grains for our animals, when available. Feel free to ask questions about our methods and/or visit the farm to see how we do it, first hand.
The animals we tend are given every opportunity to express their natural, instinctive behaviors. They all have access to fresh air, sunshine, shelter and are regularly rotated on grass/pasture.
We do not use sub therapeutic doses of antibiotics, but we will medicate animals if needed. Judicious use of antibiotics is very important to curb antibiotic resistance, while still having options to treat our animals if it is necessary.
We do not use growth hormones in our animals, though it is important to note that synthetic hormones are not used in the pork, turkey or chicken industries. At this time, cattle are the only livestock that are given additional hormones to promote growth or increased production.
Please feel free to ask about any of our methods, we enjoy being able to share why we do what we do.