Harvest Hills Farm was established in 2004 on 207 acres of land in Jo Daviess County, Illinois by Drs. Michael and Karen O'Mara. We
EXPANDED in 2011 by 48 adjacent acres to 255 acres! The newly added acreage has been cultivated and will be kept as
a hay source for wintering our grass fed cattle. It's planted in alfalfa, clover, timothy, brome and orchard grasses,
fenced, intended to be kept segregated and unadulterated, registered with Driftwatch.
The farm is a perfect site for grazing cattle with
its natural springs, creeks, and gently rolling hills. The vision quickly developed to establish a free- range herd of Black
Angus beef cattle, fully grass-fed and free from chemicals, antibiotics, growth promoters, hormones and unnatural processes.
We'are committed to following the highest standards for fully grassfed, natural and humanely raised livestock as we
move forward into the future.
We have planted and maintain our own grass and legume fields for hay, following non-GMO and Driftwatch standards to verify
that our hay that we grow for our animals is always non-GMO and pesticide- free.
We promote the concepts learned in Cornell University's GAP Program, Iowa State University extension programs for GAP, produce,
and food safety, maintain Illinois Food Service Sanitation Certification and actively support food safety activities and education
wherever the opportunity presents.
In 2014, we established a flock of Katahdin sheep and now we are able to offer annual
culinary grassfed lamb.
A lifelong interest in cooking and a professional interest in diet and health has also led to the planting
of the culinary herbs and vegetable garden. The garden is noncommercial. Food raised is used in culinary adventures on the
food blog and donated. Farm activities, project development, culinary adventures, social commentary, and day-to-day
country life--are all documented in Karen's blog.
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