Winchester Farm’s livestock operation is on 1,600 acres of rolling land on the outskirts of Dancyville, Tennessee. The land is a diversity of scattered woodlots that include oak, hickory, persimmon, tulip poplar and sweet gum timber interspersed with small pastures and grain fields no larger than 30 acres. Wild deer, turkey, wintering waterfowl and shorebirds, rodents and predators, bluebirds, hummingbirds, wildflowers and wild honeybees, among others, make their home on the Winchester Farm plot. These flora and fauna live in harmony with the farm’s domestic Angus cattle, Berkshire and Large Black hogs.
In 2015, Winchester Farm expanded to include a 130-acre certified organic farm just outside of Whiteville, Tennessee. We decided not to renew the organic certification in 2018, due to the amount of time it took to document all the required paperwork, and because we don’t use chemicals on the farm anyway. The farm is bordered by the Oak Dean Wetlands and adjacent to the protected forest surrounding Whiteville Lake, so it is also a home to all of the region’s abundant flora and fauna mentioned above, although the latter live somewhat less harmoniously with this farm’s produce!
Winchester Farm was a cattle ranch in the mid 1900s and had become a collection of smaller farms, creek bottoms and woodlots that Peter and Leslie Schutt have acquired over the past 20 years. In the late 20th century, the land was intensively farmed using industrial agribusiness methods. But in the past ten years, the Schutts have adopted a sustainable model of farming, one that eliminates the use of chemical herbicides and pesticides and minimizes the use of nitrogen fertilizer. Read more about the history of the farm here.
Dancyville’s history is one of supplying locally grown food to the surrounding communities, including Memphis. Located 13 miles south of Brownsville, Dancyville’s history dates to 1837, when a blacksmith named Isaac Dancy was the area’s lone merchant. That year, the Dancyville Methodist Church was formed, and the building that housed the church beginning in 1845 remains the community’s primary landmark. The Dancyville community supports and staffs the farm. Meet our staff »