Grove Ladder Farm is a 12 acre, pasture-based livestock farm serving Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto Counties. We raise our birds on open pastures, with plenty of access to tender grasses, bugs and sunlight. Our chickens receive the highest quality non-GMO grain. Everything on our farm moves, which means that our happy hens never sit on one spot for very long. We rely on moveable electric fencing and our wonderful Great Pyrenees livestock guardian dogs to protect our flocks from predators!
OUR FARM STORY
Our farm began in Sarasota, Florida with a backyard hobby flock of seven chickens. Since then, we have worked hard to expand our business, and we now raise over 2000 birds at a time!
In 2012, Tim was inspired by farmer Joel Salatin to start a pasture-based livestock farm. We soon began raising egg-layers and harvesting meat birds in small batches for friends and family. From day one, our farm received tremendous community support. We have been blessed to have local folks invest in our efforts time and time again: the biggest investment came in 2016 when a customer helped us by providing access to open farm land, allowing Tim to leave his job at the landfill and follow his dream of farming full-time. Our community-funded #yolkswagon (the green market trailer that we use at farmer's markets) is another big example of how our customers have supported our business growth. In 2019, we finally purchased our own land in DeSoto County, again with the encouragement of our wonderful customer base.
We truly are a family operation, run entirely by husband and wife team Tim and Chelsea Clarkson. We met at age 12 in our hometown of SRQ!
Our three daughters, Celeste, Rosa Maeve, and Guinevere are at the center of farm life.
We partner with some other amazing pasture-based farms to ensure that we are offering a wide range of ethically-raised, nutrient-dense proteins to our customers. We love providing our area of Florida with the best quality meat and eggs. Our slogan says it all: pasture to the people.
Tim was born and raised in Sarasota. He grew up hunting and fishing, studied agriculture in high school and in his twenties escaped a job at the county landfill to become a full-time farmer! He currently serves as VP of the Sarasota Farmer's Market Board. When he's not farming, he enjoys life as Pa to 3 (almost 4!) little farmgirls. He's happiest on the front porch of his cabin. Find Tim on Instagram by searching Grove Ladder Farm!
Chelsea is a mama and a writer. She writes a column called Mothering Honestly for our local Mommy Magazine, all about life with her many daughters. On the farm, she enjoys spoiling her famous pack of farmwolves (a.k.a. livestock guardian dogs) and is especially good at avoiding farm chores. Her interests include literary fiction and hot sauce. Search chelsea.clarkson on Instagram to see photos of life in the #littlehouseonthepasture.