Lilac Hedge Farm came about as a vision to provide local, sustainably raised meats to consumers. Started by Ryan MacKay, Lilac Hedge Farm focuses on meats raised responsibly with extreme attention to care, comfort, nutrition and the quality of the animals.
Ryan started Lilac Hedge Farm in the early months of 2011 at 20 years of age, while attending school full time as well as maintaining a part time job. He started out with borrowing land wherever he could find it, at one point having animals on 5 different properties. They it was condensed to just two properties, in April of 2013. Ryan started leasing a 200-acre property where there was enough room for them to grow the business as the demand increases.
In August of 2015 Ryan Purchased a farm of his own in Holden Massachusetts! The former 350 acre Dairy farm is now the home to Lilac Hedge Farm and will allow for growth and efficiency in operations.
Our animals are raised from birth on our farm. We strive to produce the most sustainable, healthy meat possible. All of our animals are raised outdoors, with plenty of land to roam and graze. All of our livestock thrive on a forage-based diet. Because pigs and poultry are not ruminants, their diet is also supplemented with a natural grain grown and produced by a sheep farmer in Western Mass. We do not treat our animals with antibiotics, steroids or growth hormones.
Ryan is actively involved in the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers, learning, networking, and AGvocating with other young farmers across the state. Ryan also is a Board of Director for Worcester County Farm Bureau and is on the State Livestock Committee.
The main focus is selling our meats through direct retail at farmers markets that we attend. I feel that it is the best way for us to market our meat. I find it very important to talk to our customers and get to know them as much as possible. We are always willing to answer any questions you may have and are more than happy to tell you more about our journey and our animals.