Our Farm Philosophy
Our objective is to continually expand our knowledge about how to become more self sufficient in supplying our family with healthy sustainable products and food produced from our farm. Every animal on our farm is treated with immense respect and compassion.
We also realize that living in our modern society we are constantly exposed to many toxic substances and too many chemicals. We try to minimize our family’s exposure so we use as few chemicals as we possible. We don’t spray the grass or surrounding yard for weeds, or use insecticides. This is also the impetus for the soap line, as well as keeping the chickens and ducks organic. We understand that our forefathers lead a very different life and we are exploring and trying to recapture some of those skills and lost knowledge.
We are also trying to share some of our experiences and knowledge about what we are doing through our You Tube Channel videos and the blog on this website. If you prefer to watch videos, you can go to our channel by clicking this link.
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 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 hated the close living of a neighborhood and 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 had to have the old house torn down as it was tiny & had an awful stench that was unlike anything we had ever smelled. We had a new house built on the property. Over a year later we used some of that wood we salvaged from the old house, which had been sitting outside, for barn renovations and we could smell that smelly smell with every cut. Good call to tear it down….We moved on to the property finally in June 2017.
As the years have passed we’ve continue to improve the infrastructure of the farm. Fencing has been one of the biggest expenditures as well as taking out leaning, diseased and dying trees. It’s a never ending work cycle to reclaim the land for farmland instead of the dense unhealthy shaded plot it was when we purchased it. We’re learning about permaculture and trying to apply those concepts to the soil on the pastures. The soil is compacted and lacking humus after years of neglect and abuse, so growing healthy forage for the goats has been a struggle. We continue to research, learn, and plant new things to help amend this situation. We’re busy all the time with either animal maintenance or farm infrastructure work. The COVID pandemic has hardly made a difference on us as we’re usually home because of the work demand. Farming is naturally social distancing so it’s been no extra effort.
Michael & JoAnne
Have been married for over 35 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 and weekly basis.