Nadig Family Farm
Meet the Nadig Family
John and Charlotte Nadig and their family live in rural Rochelle, Illinois. In 2007, we started this farming venture in the DeKalb area, with the desire to raise healthier food. We always have had a desire to farm while not seeing much opportunity to get started using conventional methods. But after reading a book by Joel Salatin, You Can Farm, we were inspired to start small and focus on quality. Our vision was opened up to an entirely new world of farming called “Grass-Farming.” This philosophy struck a chord in our hearts. We read all of Joel’s books, John visited his farm in Virginia, and we got started! We started small selling the extra, while our family enjoyed the fruits of our labor. We are training up the next generation of farmers, as our kids work right beside us.
We believe that God has given us the opportunity to steward His creation, and we are learning every year how to do that better. Farming can be healthy for the land, animals, and our family while producing nutrient-dense, delicious food. Our farm is about promoting health, building the soil, reducing stress, fostering biodiversity, providing locally raised real healthy food, and providing our animals with a humane, natural, living environment and natural, whole foods. With our production models, the costs and environmental factors involved with shipping food long distances are removed by building local food systems. When you add in the bonus of getting to know our customers and building community, farming becomes a beautiful lifestyle, just as it is supposed to be.
The Nadig Way
We are committed to being grass farmers and believe that the pasture is the most natural, stress-free, and nutritionally sound environment for our livestock.
We practice management intensive grazing, which means our animals are moved to fresh forage regularly (usually daily).
Our livestock are fed on what would be a natural diet for them. Cattle and sheep are on pasture in the warm months and fed hay in the winter supplemented with organic mineral, sea salt, and probiotics. Poultry and hogs are also offered organic grain.
We DO NOT use growth hormones, routine antibiotics, or GMO feed.
We consider ourselves stewards of the land and of the flocks and herds under our care. Our goal is to allow our livestock to flourish as a part of a holistic, synergistic farm.
We manage our pastures for optimal health and growth for both the land and the animals. We lamb and calve seasonally for reduced stress and nutritional benefits for the lactating mothers.
Our animals are not kept in confinement but have continual access to fresh air and sunshine.