History

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History

This farm is part of the original land warrant dated May 18, 1750, purchased by Johannes Hunsicker. He arrived from Schallbach, Germany in 1748. He had nine children.

Daniel Hunsicker established this homestead in 1852. The original home was a 2-story log house built to the right of the main entrance and is no longer there. The bank barn was built in 1852 and is of peg and beam construction. He was the uncle of Mary Hunsicker who married Richard Fink and continued to farm at the present location from 1894.

The lineage continues with Henry and Vera Fink, then Orrin and Ramona to the present-day owners, David and Sonia. They along with their sons Travis and Michael manage 1600 acres with 700 acres devoted to quality hay production. Through the years the farm has grown potatoes, had up to 40,000 chickens for egg production, grains, hay and vegetables. Son Michael also has a farm in Ulysses, Potter County, PA. On this farm he manages 1500 acres; 600 acres corn, 90 acres snap beans, 600 acres hay, 85 acres pumpkins, and 55 acres soybeans.

Production

Heidel Hollow Farm grows hay and grains. Hay products available are a double compressed bale, a Hydration Hay brick, a complete Deer Gourmet Diet brick, and three chopped bagged hay.

The farm also has a hog facility managed by son Travis. The hog facility receives 2100 head of 50 lb. feeder pigs and in 16 weeks ships out 275 lb. finished hogs. This occurs 3 times a year; producing over 1.5 million lbs. of pork per year.

Michael Fink also grows 140 acres of sweet corn, 325 acres of pumpkins, tomatoes and hard squash. Mike Fink’s produce is available at the farm, and his roadside market, The Water Wheel, on Route 309, New Tripoli.  Michael also sells his produce wholesale to local grocery stores and produce distributors.

Location
Heidel Hollow Farm is located along the southern slope of the Appalachian mountains in east central Pennsylvania, just two hours from New York City and Philadelphia.

Soils
The soils are a shale type which is well-drained and subject to drought. The soil fertility is maintained for maximum production with natural and chemical fertilizer and ground limestone. From the early 1920’s to the 1970’s, this area was noted for its potato production. Alfalfa also does well on this soil type along with timothy hay.

Dedication
The largest industry in Pennsylvania is agriculture, and the largest crop both in acres and value in the state is hay. Heidel Hollow Farm is a family farm dedicated to the production, processing, and distribution of quality forages.

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