Trillium Wood Farm was founded in 2013 by us–certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioners and sisters, Allie and Elise Thorp–as a solution to the shortcomings we see with our industrialized food system. Our vision of agri“culture” is to contribute to a local food system founded strongly on transparency and integrity, to remain engaged with our community, and to utilize ecologically sound practices. This means never growing beyond the point that we can maintain personal relationships with both our collaborators and customers, incorporating heritage breeds, pasture rotations, 100% grass-fed ruminants, organic feed, focusing on preventative health strategies, and, most importantly, conditions that lead to happy animals, farmers, and consumers.
Meet your farmers:
Born and raised in Williamston, Elise is the middle daughter of the TWF landowners and one of the original farm founders. With a degree in Environmental Science and Policy from MSU, she began farming to contribute to the growing number of people impacting the environment and food system in a positive way. Her favorite thing about farming is raising animals in a way that each of their lives matter, and– aside from growth and development– is most excited about developing the breeding stock of animals and having baby fluff balls on the farm. You can find her working on farm projects and behind the scenes on social media, communications, planning, and finances.
As the oldest daughter of the TWF landowners, Allie grew up around gardening and animals and developed a love for the outdoors. She and her sister founded the farm in 2013 after deciding they wanted wholesome food they could trust, and realizing that meant doing it themselves. She has a background in human biology and management, and would rather farm than anything else. She approaches farm work with passion and a sharp mind for problem solving, and loves how capable farming makes her feel, physically and mentally. She is excited to see the farm progress over the next few years, and can be found doing any and all things on the farm.