We are Rick and Karen Riddell operating West Haven Farms and West Haven Nursery. Our philosophy is to work with nature and the environment. After all our home is also home to moose, deer, coyote, fox, weasel, woodpeckers, owls, hawks, frogs, salamanders, insects, fungi, many native plants and other flora and fauna!
We continue to implement permaculture techniques and low input sustainable farming. Besides grass fed beef we also enjoy our own organic garden produce, free range chicken and eggs, and naturally grown trout. In winter, we warm our bones with firewood from our sustainable woodlands!
Galloway’s are a very old breed extending back to the 15th and 16th centuries in Scotland. They have thick coats to with stand our minus 40 Celsius winters, will graze through 30 cm of snow, and use snow for winter water. They are efficient on rough pasture, and consume more varieties of plants than most other breeds. Galloway’s are gentle in temperament, good mothers with few birthing problems, and they forcibly protect their young against predators, such as coyotes. Our Galloway cattle are rotated through a series of paddocks throughout the year to maximize forage, distribute nutrients, manage pests naturally, and allow our woodlands and pastures to thrive. Solar electric fencing keeps our cattle out of our spring fed trout pond and allows us to control grazing in our wetland areas. We use no chemicals in our woodlands and pastures.