Ioka Valley Farm
Ioka Valley Farm is a diversified, family owned and operated farm nestled in the Berkshire Hills, in the beautiful Hancock Valley. The Leab family has operated the farm since 1936, when Robert and Dorothy Leab drove thirteen head of cattle over Brodie Mountain from Lanesboro and settled them onto the property they named Ioka Valley from an Indian word meaning "beautiful". Bob was noted for his belief in conservation and obtaining maximum crop yields.
Bob and Dot raised five children on the farm, and in 1966 their son, Donald, took over. He and his wife, Judy, brought up their three children on the farm. Daughters Heather and Kate are both married and live nearby. Son Robert and his wife, Melissa, represent the third generation of Leabs to work on the farm.
Don and Judy have continued the family tradition of innovation and soil conservation, earning the farm many awards for their outstanding accomplishments in dairy production and land stewardship. In 1991 they were national finalists in the Good Stewards Award program.
The farm currently produces high quality natural, hormone free beef, strawberries, pumpkins, squash, Christmas trees, hay, shelled corn and maple syrup and maple products.
Ioka Valley Farm natural beef is pasture raised, spring thru fall months, supplemented with ground corn, raised here on the farm. During the winter months the animals are housed in a loose housing, free environment with free choice hay, ground corn, corn silage, all grown at Ioka Valley Farm. The Leab family is proud of their high quality natural, hormone free beef and we're sure you will enjoy its wonderful flavor and tenderness once you try it.
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Ioka Valley Farm