About the Farmstead
Yak Ridge provides an agricultural environment that engages visitors in the process of growing and raising fresh, healthy, and delicious food. The acreage includes a small herd of yaks along with honey bee hives, produce, free-range chickens, and the natural flora and fauna of the Black Hills. Owners Julie and Jim have been supporters of local foods for many years, and their agricultural roots grow deep in the state. Generations of homesteaders have given them a love of the South Dakota way of life, from farm to table.
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Himalayan Yaks in South Dakota?
We are proud of our small herd of Himalayan yaks! We chose yaks for a variety of reasons surrounding sustainability. Yaks are very efficient and have a better feed to weight gain ratios than other bovine. As a result they also have fewer emissions. Yaks are multipurpose and can be raised to produce meat, fiber, and milk and also be used for packing. Our yaks are grass fed, yielding healthy, low fat, and delicious meat. Yaks have been domesticated for more than 5,000 years and make for friendly and entertaining pasture pets. We can’t imagine life without yaks! Guest can schedule a tour and enjoy observing our yaks.
What farm isn’t complete without chickens?
Our lively ladies are busy laying farm fresh eggs year round. These happy hens spend their days free-ranging on the farmstead. We also provide them with organic feed and organic grain from South Dakota farmers. In the winter, they are treated to sprouted organic grain from South Dakota. More than a dozen varieties of chickens call Yak Ridge home. They produce delicious and healthy eggs in a variety of sized and in a rainbow colors, ranging from white, to brown, blue, green, and rose. They also contirbute to the health of the farmstead but eating insect pests and providing nurishing manure for our plants.
What’s the buzz?
Our honey bees are beneficial for so many reasons. They produce the most delicious floral honey from wildflowers growing on our property and on the thousands of acres on the adjacent Black Hills National Forest. We are dedicated to being good stewards of the land and Mother Nature’s creatures. In return, our bees produce hundreds of pounds of natural honey each year for us to enjoy and share. They also serve to pollinate local trees and shrubs generating increased fruit for birds and other wildlife. Guests will likely see our bees buzzing about but you can learn more about bees and honey production through a schedule farmstead tour.