Hurdle Mills, NC - Ben Grimes runs this pastured livestock farm in beautiful northern Orange County with help of his daughter, farm first mate Eva. Dawnbreaker Farms focus on the most exceptionally flavorful breeds and pride themselves in producing the highest quality product available, and bring pastured meats and eggs to the Market. Ben settled in this 100 year old farm house and historic beef and tobacco farm after four years living in central Africa, and he joined the Carrboro Farmers' Market in 2015.
Dawnbreaker Farms sells at the Saturday Market.
Growing Practices: Using multi-speciated mob grazing and a leader follower system we mimic natural systems to enhance the fertility and diversity of our land. Sheep and pigs mow down the grass and poultry follow scratching in the manure, eating flies, ticks, lice and other bugs that disturb humans and livestock alike. Pigs are moved throughout the woods turning over leaf duff, eating bugs, worms, roots and green foliage. This temporary disturbance exposes the soil's seed bank to light and air and transforms our otherwise lifeless understory into a environment that is alive with verdant growth. Our success is measured not only by the amount of money we make but by the holistic health of our livestock, fertility of our soils, health of our overall ecosystem and the abundance and diversity of both domestic and wild trees, plants and animals. All of our animals have been selected for their adaptability to the humid Southeast, ability to thrive with little to no inputs and perhaps most importantly - flavor.