Chronister Farms, LLC is owned & operated by Sarah Chronister. She purchased 160 acres of the farm from her parents, Marcus & Brenda Chronister, in 2009. She also rents 40 acres from her parents and another 40 acres from her sister & brother-in-law, Kate & Brian Spahlinger.
Sarah has a Bachelor's of Science in Agriculture from The Ohio State University. She works off the farm for the USDA-Farm Service Agency. Her parents are both retired school teachers and help around the farm as needed. Her sister works part-time in the mental health field and is a mother of 3 wonderful kids - 2 boys & a girl. Her brother-in-law works at a local power plant. Sarah's nephews enjoy helping on the farm and watching the animals grow and once her niece is walking she will also be out enjoying the animals and helping with chores.
At Chronister Farms, LLC, it is our mission to provide high quality, safe and natural eggs and meat to our customers. It is also our mission to provide the chickens, turkeys and cattle a safe and healthy environment of green pastures to thrive on; with protection from the elements and predators as they produce homegrown eggs and meat.
All poultry is supplemented with grain to support growth and development. Chicken/turkey tractors are moved daily to provide fresh grass. The layers in the trailer are moved weekly, but are given access to roam freely during the day to eat fresh grass, seeds, fruits, and bugs. The layers are locked up every night to protect against nocturnal predators.
Vaccinations are given before shipment from hatchery to protect birds from deadly viruses, ensuring healthy products for our customers. However, no antibiotics or hormones are used in our operation.
Chronister Farm, LLC raises Texas Longhorn-Angus mixed cattle. The cattle are on pasture and are not supplemented with grains. During the winter they will be pastured on stockpiled forages & will be supplemented with hay as needed. The cattle are not vaccinated and do not get treated with antibiotics, unless absolutely necessary. Along with raising owned cattle, the farm also custom grazes cattle.
Over the last two years new high tensile electric fence has been installed around almost all of the permanent pastures and hayfields. During the summer & fall of 2010 approximately 2500' of pressurized waterlines were buried, 9 frost free hydrants were installed and 3 portable water tanks were purchased to provide water to all paddocks with the addition of 3 tire troughs and a 1500 gallon water storage tank. Another water system is planned to be installed late fall/early winter of 2010 to provide water through the hayfields; this water system will allow cattle to drink fresh water while they are grazing the stockpiled forage. These practices were installed with the assistance of grants offered through the USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Services EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentive Payment) program.
We welcome and encourage our customers to come out and visit the farm. We do ask for a visit to be scheduled so we can make sure the farm dogs are chained up and that someone is available to show you around.
1138 Township Road 296
Hammondsville, OH 43930
Mon - Sun: By appointment