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"This is one more thing I can see the farm achieve,"
Drew says. "I thought it was a great idea."
All four Stubblefield children - Jesse, Andy, Matt
and Erin - were raised on the family farm. It was Matt,
though, who had the dream of offering a different kind
of service to their community, including offering monthly
subscription boxes to families looking for healthy
alternatives. To help kickstart their business,
they attended a conference featuring farmer,
lecturer and author Joel Salatin, who approaches farming in a holistic way. These new concepts
helped Matt formulate a plan.
"Our hogs forage in the woods, tilling the soil and
feeding," Matt says. "The cattle graze on green grass,
rotating between nine different fields. It keeps the
grass healthy and fertilizes the ground. They do the work
they are naturally supposed to do."
University of Missouri Extension defines sustainable
agriculture as "practices that are profitable, environmentally sound, and beneficial to local communities and society in general."
"We feel this is the best way for farmers to make use of
every bit of land and not be one dimensional," says Matt's

wife, Rockael. "We are the farmers that deliver the product
we raised. We do every single step."
The Crawford Electric Cooperative members are content
to be called next generation farmers, along with their son
Joey and daughter Meera, who they hope will love the farm
as much as they do. Joey spends a lot of time next to his
daddy, running the farming operation. Meera travels
along with mom making deliveries. Rockael handles
a multitude of behind-the-scenes duties and coordinates deliveries, while Erin is responsible for the
web design and product photography.
"It's kind of like a boutique farm," Erin says.
Cuba
"We want to maintain the craftsmanship of
farming."
Wyatt, a German shepherd and husky
mix, is Matt's "right hand man," accompanying
him through the day's chores. As Matt drives his Kubota
through the farm's paddocks, he points out his favorite
cow who had worked her way to the front of the herd.
"Annie was my first cow that I showed at the fair as a
little kid," he said. "She's over 20 years old and still had a
calf last year."
While Brush Creek Valley Farms does not sell poultry

Top: Matt's first cow, Annie, is still part of this herd at Brush Creek. Above: Subscription boxes such as the one shown at left come packed with
farm-raised beef or pork products in a variety of forms, seen at right in Mace Supermarket in Cuba.



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