Patchwork Family Farms creates a market for farmers who raise livestock the traditional and sustainable way, while maintaining independent ownership of their farmland. Many of Patchwork’s farmers raise their livestock on multi-generation farms.
Our cooperative marketing model pools our farmers’ and processors’ resources together to offer farmers an economically-viable way to stay on their land, to create a market for independently-owned processors, and to increase access to healthy and good food for consumers.
Patchwork Family Farms buys hogs from 10 family farmers and uses four independently-owned processors (all in Missouri). We are committed to paying our farmers and processors fair and competitive prices.
John Storm has been a Patchwork Family Farms producer since 1996, and “as long as [he] can remember his family has raised hogs.” The Storm family has been farming in northwest Missouri since the 1950’s and currently farms over 1,250 acres of corns, beans, and wheat in addition to livestock.
There are few producers in John’s area now because of a lack of market access. For John, the advantages of selling to Patchwork is a “guaranteed price and the satisfaction of knowing where [his] end product is going”. This includes local restaurants and grocery stores in Mid-Missouri and St. Louis.
Matt Beach is a 5th generation farmer from Shelby County, MO, who believes in raising hogs the traditional way–with plenty of fresh air and sunshine.
Matt says it is still possible for young farmers to come back to the farm and raise hogs without losing their independence. “You can make it work,” Matt says, “if you have clear goals, good management and market opportunities that match your production practices. Patchwork Family Farms in opening a market for us.”
|Matt Beach’s hoop house operation|
As a result of the industrialization of agriculture in Missouri, four corporate-owned meat processors control the majority of the market. For decades, it has become increasingly less viable for independently-owned processors to stay in business.
“Continuing our relationship with Patchwork Family Farms is a great benefit to our family-owned business. The help of family members and employees in our small town is a great way for us to be part of the local food movement in Missouri. We benefit from a reliable and consistent source of income from Patchwork Family Farms that is beneficial to both our business and Patchwork’s.”
-Craig and Angela Chapman, Owners of Hale Locker
Patchwork Family Farms works closely with Hale Locker in Hale, MO and other independently-owned processors in mid-Missouri, to create job opportunities and boost economic growth in rural communities.