Our story begins in late 1912 when our grandparents immigrated to the United States from Finland, Denmark, and Norway. In 1928 our grandparents purchased 100 acres on Rumsey Hill Road in Van Etten, NY. Many farming enterprises were carried out over the following decades including, a dairy, chicken and egg laying business, grass-fed Herefords, row crops, and fire wood. Both the original barn and red farmhouse were hand built by our parents and grandparents in 1929. Though not originally red, the farmhouse atop Rumsey Hill has withstood a tornado that destroyed the original barn and seen four Mallula generations pass through it. We chose the red farmhouse as our namesake as it represents the durability and sustainability we hope to bring to modern farming.
The concept of Red House Ranch started in 2006 when Ike Mallula heard a lecture on mob grazing by Greg Judy. Shortly after, he attended another lecture by Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm Inc. Ike quickly realized that the grazing methods taught by Greg and Joel could be applied to the land his parents owned.
In 1940 the Farm Security Administration deemed the land along Rumsey Hill Road, including his parent’s property, as “submarginal.” The crazy concept of turning supposed “submarginal” land into productive land became Ike’s goal. He roped in his brother Dave, and plans to quit their day jobs were solidified in 2015. Together, Ike and Dave have attended multiple conferences and training sessions on mob grazing, and pastured beef, pork, and chicken.
There have been no industrial agricultural chemicals used on what are now dense perennial pastures that Red House Ranch operates from. Fortunately, our father did persist with periodic mowing. If he had not done so, the land would be covered in brush and trees.
The Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) and paleo movements have also played a significant part in the development of Red House Ranch. The LCHF lifestyle has profoundly improved our health and helped us realize that there is a demand for pasture based production. Animals raised on pasture inherently produce more nutrient dense proteins and fat while at the same time sequestering carbon, improving the fertility of the land.
We are excited about this new journey and the opportunity to sustainably feed our community.
We are excited to be closing the circle and returning to land that our grandparents and parents poured their life into.
We are excited about producing food that will be beneficial to all who consume it.
We are excited about meeting and working with all our customers to provide top-tier products for your home table, store, restaurant, CrossFit members, and DO or functional medicine office clients.