The Showalters

Named for a gnarly curve in the road, Horseshoe Bend Farm overlooks the gorgeous skyline of Bridgewater, Virginia.

Farmers Harry and Michelle Showalter both grew up on Shenandoah Valley farms and bought their current property in 1993, where they set to work raising 5 children in addition to chicken, corn, and cattle. Michelle helps with general inspections of the property and birds while Harry makes sure the water, feed, and ventilation systems are all working properly. The two youngest Showalter kids who are still on the farm, Sylvia and Isaac, help check on the birds throughout the day and chase the chickens back into the houses each evening. Sylvia especially likes mowing the property in the summer and chopping wood for the winter. In their spare time, the family enjoys hunting. They also spend a week on the beaches of Nag’s Head, North Carolina each summer.

According to Harry, partnering with Farmer Focus is like “turning back time” to the farming of the 50s and 60s. Partnering with us has allowed him to earn more money growing 30% fewer birds—so on cold or rainy days, the relaxed-density houses have plenty of room for these free-range chickens.

Harry switched to Farmer Focus because he likes the innovation of the business model—in particular, owning 100% of his farm. He still has to adhere to certain standards and regulations, but they’re ones he agrees with—standards that are healthy for the animals, the planet, and the customers.

Ask A Farmer

How did your farm get its name?

It’s named after the big curve in the road that it sits on.

WHat was Sylvia's Favorite graduation gift?

Her Stihl chainsaw (pictured above)

When did Harry Lee partner with Farmer Focus?


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