Dr. Marchbanks and his wife, Susan, acquired the property for Bent Tree Farms several years ago and Dr. Marchbanks has been working diligently toward the goal of providing healthy, natural food produced in harmony with nature.
Hereford cattle were chosen as the flagship breed for Bent Tree Farms. Specific lines of Hereford, developed during the days when this breed built the beef industry in the United States, were selected. This was done to assure a gentle, easy fleshing animal that thrived on natural pasture rather than in a feedlot.
Our sheep are a cross of St. Croix, Dorper and Katahdin. We continually select for animals that are naturally parasite resistant and thrive on natural pasture. We strive to develop animals that require as few outside inputs as possible.
A lifelong fascination with the ability of nature to sustain us has culminated in the vision Dr. Marchbanks has for Bent Tree Farms. Along with his wife, a certified Master Naturalist, the Marchbanks are interested in promoting local foods as well as foods that are produced without harmful chemicals being involved.You are not only what you eat, but also what has been eaten by your source of food. Our food must be protected from the use of poisons so as to protect those that it sustains. Dr. Marchbanks says, “When I open a package of meat from Bent Tree Farms, I know what is in it and, just as importantly, what is not in it.” The trailer from the movie Food Inc. provides some insight into how far awry our system of agriculture has gone.
It is his belief that ruminant animals, grazed in a way that mimics nature, will heal and improve the soil. These beliefs were formed through exposure to recent leaders in this area like Greg Judy,Joel Salatin and Allan Savory. In fact, it was a chance stumbling onto a Joel Salatin video similar to this … that started this journey.
Improving the soil and providing excellent grass fed beef and lamb are priorities at Bent Tree Farms.