Postcard: Iverstine Family Farms

Rien Fertel

Just over two years ago, after reading about the problematic complexities of modern industrial meat and poultry processing, Galen Iverstine purchased fifty-five acres of pasture and woodlands and moved from the city to the farm. Outside Kentwood, Louisiana, at Iverstine Family Farms, Galen believes in asymbiotic relationship between the land and the cattle, hogs, chickens, and turkey he raises (a holistic livestock system learned from farming icon Joel Salatin). Soon, Galen will relocate these three-week old chicks and their coops to pasture land that's just been grazed by beef cows. The richness of the fertilized grass and soil provides healthy worms and other proteins for the growing chickens, who further drive the cycle of sustainability.—Rien Fertel

Iverstine Family Farms
2973 Newman Road
Kentwood, LA 70444
tel: 225/276-0207