By Liz Witbeck
Laurent Danthine always wanted to be a farmer. Unfortunately, he said, there were no prospects to become one in his native city of Liege, Belgium. So he settled on a career as a bartender, keeping his dream in the back of his mind.
Arcadian Pastures is a livestock farm, located in Sloansville, in Schoharie County. The property is 136 acres. On the farm, Danthine and family raise a variety of livestock, including cows, pigs, chickens, and sheep.
What sets Arcadian Pastures apart is their dedication to raising their animals in a natural environment. All of the beef is 100 percent grass-fed. All of the pork and lamb is non-GMO.
Danthine moved to the United States in 1994 and married his wife, Debi. Her breast cancer diagnosis prompted him to research animals, plants, hormones and pesticides to understand the role they play in food.
“I believe there is so much sickness in the world because of how we feed ourselves,” said Danthine.