Our story begins in 2012 when Billy St Croix took control of a run down 95-acre farm. Once a country estate in 1850, the farm products were valued at $3,000; by 1880, the farm’s output had doubled in value. In 1880, the farm produced 600 pounds of butter, 2000 pounds of cheese, and 750 dozen eggs. Clearly, the farm’s output in these years was integrated into the manufacturing economy of Ware, as farm products fed the hands who worked in the mills. The property had been out of active agriculture for decades. Billy and his friends had some limited experience in farming, but all had a passion for land conservation, a healthy food chain, overall sustainability and the proper treatment of all aspects of our environment. The group led by Billy, were unified in their mutual interest to find an environmentally sustainable, economically viable use for the property.
Today Frohloff Farms manages close to 15 acres of prime agricultural land. We have added poultry, and sell eggs, chicken broilers, turkeys, freedom ranger chickens, ducks and goats. In addition, we make hay & grass silage to feed our animals, and compost to fertilize our pastures. Any surplus is sold in the local farm community. Frohloff Farms products are available at local farmer’s markets, in specialty stores and restaurants, as well as directly off the farm.
Billy St. Croix is a bit of a jack of all trades who has worked in construction, landscaping, HVAC, and started farming in 2012 with some limited experience. He first became interested in the food chain, and its impact on health and the environment, many years earlier when he began investigating an ailment that affected a loved one. It turned out it was Celiac disease, which effects genetically pre-disposed people when they eat foods containing gluten.
Billy is convinced that changes in our food chain have led to an increase in conditions such as Celiac disease. For example, most livestock in the U.S. is fed soy and corn. 100 years ago, livestock were not eating the abundance of soy and corn present in today’s livestock diet. In addition to the type of food/grain fed to the livestock, most corn and soy produced for livestock has been genetically modified. All of this leads to changes in the livestock, and then we consume the livestock, and are negatively impacted by these changes in countless ways.