It all began in 2006 when we moved to Virginia and began our search for a new house. We knew we wanted more space to have a larger garden and place where we could have a few animals (mostly chickens). Finding a place that would allow for "agricultural use" or "livestock" was challenging but we finally hit upon an old Victorian farmhouse with 14 acres. It needed lots of love and attention but was a well built place with lots of room to work.
Next Bob began to read. Books with titles like: You Can Farm, The Omnivores's Delema, andPastured Poutry Profits. Mary read Barbara Kingsolver's book about eating locally for a year:Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Together we began to talk about how we might make good use of our farm, eat better and share it with our community.
We set out with a very clear goal to preserve this little farm and improve it so that it will provide food for our family and community. Our hopes are to pass it on to the next generation. We take this stewardship seriously and will work to give back to the land more than what we take.
We live here, our children live here. We would never put our home, family or health at risk. Therefore we grow using organic methods that will allow the land to prosper. We use no growth stimulents (hormones or antibiotics) and animals are fed an "animal free" ration. At this time we do not use organic feed but would like to add that sometime in the near future. Keep in mind that animals on pasture have free access to grass, roots and bugs which are their natural diet.
Our animals are treated humanely and are out running around the pasture as they are meant to. They scratch and root while eating roots and bugs just like nature intended.
In the end we get to enjoy walking amongst our critters and enjoying their antics. It is a real joy to be surrounded by the abundance of our land. We truly are blessed.