“ … seven miles away from a stop light and 30 minutes away from a jug a milk.”
That’s how Alan Mahan describes the location of Rabbit Ridge Farms, the farm he and his wife Angela own and operate in Bee Branch, Arkansas. The farm raises cows, hogs and chickens that roam the pastures; plus, they create prepared meals and other goods that are found in some of the state’s most popular restaurants and on dining tables across the country.
Alan and Angela both grew up on farms, but each had separate careers and no plans of running their own operation. Life had different plans for the two, and their childhood experiences combined with their unique backstory as a couple came to fruition in Rabbit Ridge Farms, the very farm Alan grew up on.
Today, the two are dedicated to running their operation as sustainably as possible, working to “ … regenerate the soil rather than take away from it.” At first, this might sound like a more modern approach, but they have pride in their traditions and methods that hold true to the values of the generations before them.
One thing that is wholly theirs, however, is Rabbit Ridge Farms’ clearly stated mission: “Creating community through food and agriculture.” The Mahans made the decision (a rare one for farmers) to open up their farm to tour groups, school field trips and any of the other thousands of visitors they host each year who are curious about where their food comes from.
The Mahans’ goal is to make their home a welcoming place for all walks of life — investing back into their community the same way they regenerate their own land — by regularly hosting breakfast events and dinners with local entertainment for anyone who wants a taste of Rabbit Ridge.
To see more of daily life on the farm and Alan’s enthusiasm for social media (which Angela likens to that of “ … a 14-year-old girl’s,”), check out Rabbit Ridge Farms on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.
Friday, May 13, 2022