Who We Are
Dave and Heather Szklarski run a small farm growing a variety of produce, pastured poultry and pastured pork. We are located North of Grafton, ND on 5 acres.
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 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 now have a handful of CSA shares, sell produce at the Grafton Farmer’s Market and direct market our poultry and pork.
Square Peg Food Farm is 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 grow our produce using organic principals, including the use of Organic seed. We are not Certified Organic. Feel free to ask questions about our methods and/or visit the farm to see how we do it, first hand.
We do our best to procure local grains for our animals, when available. We do not currently use Certified Organic feed as it is cost prohibitive and would drive the prices we charge our customers very high. Sourcing non-gmo and chemical-free feed for the coming years is a priority for us.
The animals we tend are given every opportunity to express their natural, instinctive behaviors. They all have access to fresh air, sunshine 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.