Our Farm & Philosophy
Bird’s Haven Farms is committed to only selling what we grow. We believe the customer has the right to know where and how their produce is grown. We believe you cannot ensure quality and control unless you know exactly how the produce was raised from seed. Our farm, while not certified organic, practices sustainable agriculture by growing on plastic to negate the need for herbicides and use manure as fertilizer. We do not spray any of our produce with synthetic pesticides unless facing a crop loss, and we are always willing to honestly answer any question about how your produce has been raised.
Bird’s Haven Farms is located just five miles north of Granville, Ohio on Lafayette Road. Our family farm is now in its 23rd season. The farm is family owned and operated by Tom and Ann Bird and youngest son, Lee Bird. Lee is a graduate of The Ohio State University and returned to manage the farm in 2005 as his sole job (a rarity in agriculture today). Youngest daughter Bryn continues to help in marketing the operation and managing the CSA subscriptions. With the average age of the American farmer reaching 58, Lee and Bryn are paving the way for a future and younger generation of farmers. Our family is committed to staying on the family’s land and working to create a viable business to support our growing family. You will see Lee, his wife Lindsey and their four daughters Olivia (10), Ella (9), Sophia (7), and Claire (5) running around the farm on everyday adventures. Bryn is joined every Friday at the Canal Market District by her husband Brian and their daughters Emlyn (4) and Paige (2).
Lee prides himself on researching new and innovative cultivating practices. He works hard to test multiple varieties of each product. He works to only use varieties that are best suited for our climate and disease pressures. This also ensures that he is growing to the best of his and to our climate's ability!
We are also able to offer an extended season with our produce through the use of our now 11 high-tunnels. These unheated greenhouse-like structures keep the temperature high enough to have tomatoes as early as May and lettuce after Thanksgiving!
Join us in the fields! (from Instagram anyway!)
Meet the Family
Tom and Ann Bird purchased the farm in 1995 on a dream. After living in Colorado for more than 30 years they took a leap of faith and bought the 110 acres outside of Granville, OH.
Tom continues to work as a relief Veterinarian off the farm. However, his main job is to plan, schedule, and order the tens of thousands of seeds we use each year. He keeps us all straight on exactly what day each seed needs to be in the soil in order to have the perfect produce ready for your CSA boxes in the summer!
Ann keeps the farm running! After being a city-girl born and raised she took the country like a horse to water! Now a certified "farmer's wife" she manages all of the accounts, payroll, chickens, packs the CSA bags, answers emails, and keeps us all in line. The farm truly would not run without her!
When they are not on the farm they are busy with their 11 granddaughters and 4 grown children The two are always up for a weekend get-away to Amish country for Swiss cheese or Northern Ohio for a winery tour!
Lee and Lindsey Bird are the main producers for Bird's Haven Farms. The two met while Lee was studying Agricultural Business Management at The Ohio State University and Lindsey was studying nursing at Capital University. After they were married in 2005 they returned to the farm and Lee began managing the day-to-day operation. Lindsey took a nursing position at Licking Memorial Hospital and the two quickly expanded their family. You can find their four daughters Olivia, Ella, Sophia and Claire running around and on daily adventures in the fields and taking turns going to the Westerville Farmers Market.
When not farming, Lee is off chasing the next "best truck ever" and furthering his collection of antiques with only a "little" surface rust. Lindsey is busy managing four busy girls and finding time to visit with her family in Van Wert, Ohio but is always on the hunt for a great deal at garage sales! No one else can get a deal quite like Lindsey!
Bryn and Brian moved to Granville in 2011 after Brian fulfilled his commitment to the US Navy. Bryn is currently Granville Township Trustee and working with a DC based non-profit Rural Coalition advocating for socially disadvantaged farmers and farmworkers. We love transplanting city-kids to the farm and after having never stepped foot on a farm, Brian is now an expert farm market salesman after finishing up his day job at Boeing in Heath, OH. You can find Bryn and Brian with their two daughters Emlyn and Paige at the Canal Market District on Friday evenings. (yes, our family has a lot of girls)
If you have a CSA subscription with Bird's Haven Farms then you have quickly become aquatinted with Bryn as she manages the membership and weekly newsletters.