Our Farm Philosophy
Our objective is to continually expand our knowledge about how to become more self sufficient in supplying our family and our clients with healthy sustainable products and food produced from our farm. Every animal on our farm is treated with immense respect and compassion.
We started our 1st hobby farm in Ohio where we owned 5 acres and began the journey that has led us to where we are today. We have moved numerous times because Mike’s job has necessitated it. The move to the Cleveland, Ohio suburbs was different for us because it was the first time we had purchased a house that was not in a neighborhood or Home Owners Association. This was a real game changer for us as we had the freedom to do whatever we wanted. We started with what we later learned was the gateway drug to farming….laying hens for eggs. JoAnne would go to the farm auctions for fun, and for her self education on how to identify the quality of farm animals. We next purchased rabbits which we never had the heart to harvest for meat because the kids named each one. We then bravely went to an auction one day and came home with 6 lambs in the back of our new SUV. We laughed hysterically at ourselves all the way home because this was something we had never done. The farming bug had bitten us. When Mike’s job demanded a move to Atlanta, Georgia we tried for a year to like living in a neighborhood again. We just both longed for a farm again so we made the plunge in the fall of 2015 and purchased an old 8 acre farm that had been sorely neglected for probably the last 25 years. We moved on to the property finally in June 2017.
Michael & JoAnne
Have been married for over 27 years. We have moved for Mike’s work 7 times taking us from Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Florida & Georgia. Many people can’t understand why we would do this, but it has strengthened our bond in marriage and given us eyes to the world that most people never have the joy to experience. It has also made us extremely adventurous people and we are not afraid to do things that we have never done, such as jumping into farming even though neither of us grew up on or ever experienced farm life as children. It keeps our lives interesting and on a farm there is never a dull moment. We are always learning and we can’t survive without the internet, accessing all of the combined knowledge of others, to help us solve those farm crises that pop up on a seemingly constant basis.
Michael & JoAnne Ryan
Brian is an animal hauler & has a herd of Wood Spanish Goats as well as 2 Bode does
Joe & Katie Beran
11637 Yankee St
Fredericktown, OH 43019
Joe & Katie are just established their Wood herd in 2017 it will take some time before they have stock to sell.