Farming has been a part of Alec Bradford’s life for as long as he can remember, and it’s been in his family for generations. His grandfather was a farmer and doctor who raised chickens, cows, and hogs on his farm in Murfreesboro, TN, where Alec spent his summers learning how to raise livestock and grow vegetables. His grandfather taught him the basics of farming and husbandry while his grandmother taught him how to appreciate the lifestyle of hard work and close ties to his family.
As they say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and so after graduating from college and spending some time working in the city with a standard 9-to-5 job, Alec found himself longing to be back on the farm.
So he ditched the city life and left for the country. His time spent in the city had left him mildly depressed and severely unfulfilled, but while on a fishing trip intended to breathe some life back into him, Alec found more than he was expecting. It was on the Yellowstone River in Montana that he met Sarah, the big catch. She was also yearning for a new way to live. The two quickly fell in love, married, and decided to move to Virginia where they began Leaping Waters Farm on just 110 acres in the tiny hamlet of Alleghany Spring. The idea was to feed their children the best food they could raise and perhaps sell a little extra to help pay the mortgage. They did that, and then some...
Ten years later, Leaping Waters Farm farms over 800 acres of pasture, and sells quite a lot of their product to both home cooks and professional chefs up and down the east coast. The Bradfords work a lot, have some crazy stories from the farm life, and their children do eat the best food that their family can raise.
Today, Leaping Waters Farm is beyond excited to be entering into the Charleston, SC market, offering HERD Provisions Meat CSA in the Fall of 2016 and opening their first brick-and-mortar combination butcher shop/restaurant, called HERD, in 2017!