A True Family Farm
Meadows Family Farms has been owned, operated, lived on and loved by four generations of the Strader Family.
We are Kenneth and Dani Strader, the farm’s current generation of stewards. A husband and wife team who have worked side by side for 35 years and raised four children on this land, we find great joy in rediscovering the irrefutable agricultural truths that our predecessors learned and knew over 100 years ago. Now, with a granddaughter chasing chickens, we continue to work everyday, drawing from the old to grow something new, always with the intention to enhance and preserve our farm for all the generations to come.
This is a work ethic learned from family. Kenneth’s parents, Harold and Mildred Strader, still participate in the hands-on management of the land passed down to them by Harold Strader’s father. With a clear commitment to continuing and expanding the “family business” of farming, Harold and Mildred have labored joyfully and faithfully for 50 plus years and have progressively experimenting with new crops and methods as well as perfecting the age-old virtue of perseverance.
What started as a small self-sustaining farm back in the 1960’s now encompasses acreage in Guilford and Moore County’s in North Carolina. This ever evolving agricultural enterprise has produced everything from acres of tobacco hand-tied and cured on-site to organic heirloom tomatoes prized by local chefs, and from row crops of feed corn and soybeans to grazing pastureland and buckwheat grown to naturally nurture the soil.
While livestock has always been a part of the farm, we have taken it “back to the basics” by embracing the “old” philosophy of all natural, carefully nurtured, grass fed beef, and cage-free pork, eggs and poultry. The work is hard and the days are long, but results are delicious and would undoubtedly make Kenneth’s great grandfather extremely proud.