Summit Level Farm has been in the Hertzler family since the early 1900’s and has held true to farming since its existence. The original farmhouse and building were built in the early 1800’s, and the following two parts of the house were later built in the late 1800’s and the early 1900’s. The farm consists of two houses, a garage, three barns, and a machine shed. The farm was one of the original three farms built in the Elverson, PA area.
Today the farm still operates as a dairy farm and milks around a 110 holstein cows twice a-day. It continues to raise its own milk producing cows and is very productive, producing the highest quality milk. The cows all enjoy a well maintained and comfortable lifestyle with the ability to roam the pastures adjacent to the main barn. These cattle are kept for with the utmost standards that help them to produce fresh milk.
The days of the photo shoot were cold and brisk, as they were in the winter, but offered me a beautiful display of natural landscape and original craftsmanship. The animals are all very friendly and love human interaction. The best part were the 3 dogs that came to greet me: Jackson, Hank, and Leah, each one having a unique and loving personality. This is a wonderful place to be despite the hard work and the long hours the farmers endure, they all appreciate what it is doing or what the farm life has done for them.