The Story Behind It All

Hope Lowery & Brian Williamson

The mission of Cottonwood Farm is to produce healthy meats using sustainable practices including rotational grazing, heritage breeds and non-gmo feeds. Knowing where your food comes from and how its produced is important for the community and the family table.

Cottonwood Farm was passed on to me from my family. My father, Dr. John C. Lowery D.V.M., practiced veterinary medicine in Muscle Shoals, and my late mother, Barbara Lowery, taught riding lessons here. It is composed of 18 acres of rolling hills next to the Tennessee River. It has been the home for: horses, Jack Russells, and Full Cry Hounds for a bit. It is now the home to my broiler chickens, layer hens, turkeys, pigs, horse, and various dogs and cats. This is the place I grew up. It's the place where the love for nature and animals was seeded.

I believe in farming with the land and the animals as much as possible, to encourage the natural behavior of an animal. I believe in coming up with solutions to coexist with our environment; therefore, grass based farming is my "field" of choice. The meat is happier, healthier, and just plain better.

I started falling in love with this rocky road of farm life during college. It was there, I discovered my passion for attempting to right some of the wrongs our civilization has placed into some of our food system. To be quit honest, I never thought I would come back to reside in the Shoals. After years of being away, this farm and this place called be back home. I realized there is a deeper understanding and a greater need for locally grown food here than when I left.

How to Cook the Perfect Farm Fresh Boiled Egg

February 13, 2018

Boiling pastured eggs can be difficult. The eggshells often won’t come off very evenly and it leaves your a boiled egg looking like you ran it through the paper shredder. They just seem to stick like glue to the egg for some reason.

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Grilled Cheese That'll Make You Wanna Slap Ya Mama!

January 23, 2018

Lately, my favorite lunch has been a grilled cheese sandwich! You can dress it up and you can dress it down, but for God’s sake - do not forget the lard under any circumstances! 

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Fall Farm Day & Turkey pick up

October 31, 2017

This time of year is always such a nice time to sloooow down and take time for your friends and family. Especially on the farm things are going to slow down drastically. If you haven’t joined us before for our turkey pick up day it’s sort of our way of slowing down and getting back in touch. Some families have even decided to make it an annual tradition!

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