Our Story & Our Farm
West Wind Farms is an ideal made into reality. Serving as environmental professionals in Oak Ridge for decades, Ralph and Kimberlie Cole developed a common drive to do more with their knowledge of environmental protection and sustainability.
With little more than a dream and a prayer, they started West Wind Farms over 18 years ago. Six years later, West Wind Farms became one of the first meat and poultry farms in the U.S. to be certified organic, exceeding the then-new USDA organic standards. Whereas the Coles no longer carry the cost and inefficiencies of organic certification for individual meat products, they have not changed their commitment to forbid pesticides, herbicides, synthetic hormones, other synthetic chemicals, and genetic modification technologies in their production.
After many years of both farming and working full-time off-farm to self-finance their dream, the Coles farm now full-time. Over those years, West Wind Farms has grown to be one of the most successful and well-known meat and poultry farms in the southeastern U.S.
The Coles have an unwaivering commitment to high quality, local food systems, animal welfare, and the environment. Their customers are adamant supporters, and the Coles attribute their success to their customers' commitment to these same values. West Wind Farms' delicious meats and poultry certainly make it easy to do!
Watch to learn more about West Wind Farms:
PBS's Live Green Tennessee video