Mission: to exceed customer expectations for value, products and service; to treat others the way we want to be treated.
It is our sincere hope that over the last 19 years we have met our mission. This summer we will be closing down our operation and moving on to other areas.
We would like to thank our wonderful customers for their support over the years.
Today there are many more opportunities to purchase the items we once were the sole supplier for, this has made us reconsider the rush and time required to stay up to date with modern technology. Twenty years ago SEO was not an issue, google was in its infancy, and more people called in orders on the telephone than ordered on line. Today with social media, B2B, B2C, AI, AdWords and much more we have decided to close our doors.
We will be selling off all our current inventory over the next several months.
Unfortunately we do not have any recommendations to purchase the items we sold. We were in this full time supporting families that worked for us. Others who sell shrink bags do it part time or as a 4H project that does nothing to support the local economy or employ people. Mega companies such as Amazon and Walmart now sell the items we once specialized in. They have the finances to drive customers to their stores while we work to keep prices affordable.
People will buy cheap imported goods from Amazon and call us for information on how to use it. They will buy cheap machinery from China that falls apart and call us to get repair parts, while they sell their “home grown” chickens for 3 times what they are worth. Call Amazon or Walmart and ask advice and see how far you get. It is sad when I see a post that says "buy from this person it’s a 4H project", call them and see if you get a live person on the phone that will answer your questions.
When my wife and I were farming we were frustrated when we had to by a case of something when we only need a few items. When we started our online business we felt it was important to sell you just what you needed and not make you take a case, or 50, or any number. We have literally have sold 1 bag to a person or 5 plastic bags and we shipped them in a 1st class envelope and never had ridiculous shipping and handling fees. We charged what it cost us to ship.
So, enough of my frustration, I didn’t mean to get off on this rant but these are reasons why we will be closing our doors. No regrets, no apologies, we ran the race and we feel we have finished well.
Cornerstone Farm Ventures, Inc.
We Started By Solving A Problem
Cornerstone Farm Ventures was founded in 2000 because poultry producers began asking for help in sourcing processing equipment. At the time there was not a "one stop" location for producers and processors to acquire poultry processing equipment.
We took up the challenge and became dealers for several different equipment manufactures. Since 2000 we have continued to add equipment that will benefit both small backyard processors as well as federally licensed poultry and red meat plants.
The McLaughlin's have over 30 years agricultural experience. As a past president of APPPA (American Pastured Poultry Producers Association) Jim served on the board for 4 years. We have had a lot of experience particularly with pasturing poultry on pasture. They served their community in many ways over the last 30 years.
Jim and Peg they have successfully operated sheep, beef, goat and poultry operations. Peg is a retired nurse who has worked in both hospitals and nursing homes. This experience allowed her to be the best young stock person around. She is a great partner and brings balance to the operation. Jim and Peg have experience in non agricultural businesses as well, owning and operating a trucking company in the Northeast US. This experience has placed Jim in the position of being able to consult and implement practices on farms and businesses that will provide positive returns. We look forward to assisting you with your business operations. If we can be of any help please contact us.
The McLaughlin's did Custom Cattle Grazing. They have over 25 years experience with rotational grazing and providing seasonal pastures to graze cattle. They had over 50 acres of top quality pasture that provide cattle with the protein they need to gain weight and finish in a timely manner. They have worked with other grazer's to provide additional acreage for more animals.
Thank You & Hours of Operation
- Thanks for the privilege to serve you.
- Our Normal Business Hours Are Monday - Thursday 10 am-3 pm.
- Due to the nature of our business we do travel and are periodically unavailable, we ask your patience as we will get back to you as soon as we are able.
- We also do have seasonal hours so please call if planning on stopping in.
- We do not have a regular retail store but welcome customers to come by and pick up products.
Why the Name Cornerstone Farm?
Many people ask, "why the name Cornerstone Farm?" The name comes from a passage in the Bible, Ephesians 2:20-22 which states "…built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. In him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit".
We want our lives to be based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. We recognize that this comes about by learning and applying what we learn from those who have gone before us. As we mature in our Christian lives we become a more integral part of both the local and the corporate body of Christ. We are Gods temple (1 Cor. 3:16 & 1 Cor. 6:19) so as Jesus increases in our lives and as we decrease we indeed rise to become a holy temple. Both Peg's and my desire is to be all that God wants us to be. It is also our desire that people everywhere will have a personal relationship with the One who created the earth.
Why We Are Here
God places us here on this earth to take care of it and to be good stewards of our environment, this is why we believe so strongly in sustainable agriculture. It is our responsibility to take care of this earth. The Bible says the "The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth he has given to man." Psalm 115:16 (NIV). This means we must take care of this earth and nothing happens if we (humans) don't do it. It also means when we abuse it we will be held accountable for our actions. In our business practices we have aligned with others who believe we must take responsibility for our environment.
A belief of ours is "All flesh is as grass and all the glory of man as the flower of grass". This statement means two things, one that our lives are but a fleeting moment in the perspective of both the life of this planet and in the face of eternity. Two, that we as humans survive through "grass", that is, the food that sustains us is either meat which is supposed to come from grass or that the grain (plants) we eat will sustain us. Either way all that we are physically is directly related to "grass". Grass filters the rain which we eventually drink, grass produces oxygen that we breath, grass produces meat which provides protein, grass holds the soil in place to prevent erosion and we can eat other plants directly which can also sustain us. Please take care of our environment, people, land and natural resources for our generations to come.
Thanks for the privilege to serve you.
Our Normal Business Hours Are Monday - Thursday 10 am-3 pm.
Due to the nature of our business we do travel and are periodically unavailable, we ask your patience as we will get back to you as soon as we are able.