Who We Are
We are a little family on a sizable stretch of land in east TN.
One of us is an artist, homeschooler, chicken lady whose favorite part of every day is hugging the dogs. One of us is a sheep fence mover, water toter, family doctor who rides in trucks with goats. And then we have lots of little fingers who are great at catching chickens, petting bunnies, digging up carrots, and climbing trees.
What we Do
Per our plans of 2021, we grow pastured chicken, duck, and turkey, all of which are processed on farm. We tend a small herd of katahdin sheep primarily for grass fed lamb. We sell chicken and duck eggs, all grown either free range or pastured, depending on the time of the year. And we’re really hoping to grow a few hogs this year, but we’ve got to nail down a butcher first. Stay tuned.
How We Got Here
We love the work. We love being outside every day of the year, tending to animals and gardens and orchards. It makes our lives richer and fuller and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Before we were married we did a lot of hiking and backpacking and camping. While we still adore the meditative quality of a hike on the AT, we now meet this personal need walking our pastures and working our soil. Oh, also, the food that we make ourselves is delicious! We take great pleasure in eating it!
We all want what’s best for our kids, right? With the arrival of our children we started giving more thought to the food we were feeding ourselves and our precious littles. Honestly, it almost all started with making baby food and looking up which produce was on the dirty dozen list. One little dip into nutrition and food production started us on a winding path of learning all we could about how to get good clean simple food. Turns out it’s harder and more expensive than it seems. Our response? Well, we’ll just do it ourselves, as much as we’re able. Thus began the homesteading.
We feel a sense of responsibility to share our flavorful and nutritious food with our neighbors. We all deserve it, not just those of us fortunate enough to have access to farmland. We also feel a deep responsibility to steward the land we are on for our lifetime well. We want to use it wisely now and to build it up for future generations, protecting soil and water and air.