About the Farm
Hello and Welcome to the Farm! So glad you stopped by to see what we've been up to lately. We hope you enjoy what you see, and come back to visit the site again! It's always busy on the farm and there is never a dull moment, so stop by often to follow us on our journey!
A little bit about me: I'm Melissa, but most people know me by MJ, Mel, or Mama Bear (per my kiddos) :). I have always dreamnt of having a farm of my own. My mom's side of the family farms and I used to visit them often and help with harvest season, 4H, and summer camps....AND I fell in love with the farm life. I knew that one day I wanted to raise my kids up knowing the farm life. So I did just that! I love animals and people in general so I knew growing up I wanted to either be a veterinarian or something in the medical field to help people. Well I started the medical field when I was 18, and have climbed the healthcare ladder taking on different professions from CNA, Pharmacy Tech, Phlebotomist, and now Respiratory Therapist. I've been a RRT for over 10 years, and even though the pandemic happened and I was on the front lines, exhausted and mentally wore out...I still loved my job and wanted to continue to help people of all ages. My therapy has always been my love for animals so having my farm and working in the medical field has been a great balance. Animals truly are amazing creatures and they make my day better. I've raised and bred a wide variety of animals over the past 8 years!
Animals I've raised: Horses, Cows, Pigs, Goats, Sheep, Chickens, Ducks, Turkeys, Rabbits, dogs, and a lot of barn cats. I am currently a registered dog breeder with the American Border Collie Association, and we've had 2 litters so far.
So, not only have I started my farm on my own....along the way I also had 3 amazing boys! They may not always help as much as I'd like them to, but knowing they are being raised on a farm, learning gardening and self sufficiency, and learning how to take care of animals and have some responsibility, makes me feel a sense of accomplishment. This Mama's work is never done, but the memories along the way make it all worth it!
If you'd like to learn more about what all I do on the farm, please check out the photos, our Facebook page, and feel free to browse the website. There will be many different things to see and learn on this site. My plan is to show y'all a plethera of things from; tutorials on gardening and apothecary things like tinctures and salves and more, information about farm life and the animals, breeding border collies, and to show y'all a little bit of my crafty side with different projects I've done and will be working on!
It's a work in progress, but its a start!
Reasons to Support Family Farmers
~ FAMILY FARMERS TREAT THEIR ANIMALS LIKE FAMILY
*On a family farm, the well-being of animals is top- priority. Our farmers spend each day caring for their animals, which become like second children.
~FAMILY FARMERS PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND WILDLIFE
*A farm family’s home is where they farm for generations to come. The strong connection farm families feel to their home inspires them to incorporate sustainable practices into their care of the land, protecting nearby communities. A family farm that is well taken care of has nutrient rich soil and clean water, creating an environment that is safe for humans and a habitat that is perfect for many beloved species of wildlife.
~FAMILY FARMERS CONTRIBUTE TO THE WELL-BEING OF LOCAL COMMUNITIES
*Family farmers are the biggest supporters of local jobs and small businesses, so much that a community’s economic well-being and social vitality depend on it. A community flourishing with family farms has a higher standard of living – they have more independent businesses, parks, schools, churches, and community involvement. When compared to other farming methods, communities with family farms tend to have positive impacts on the environment and human health from better air and water quality to more sustainable land practices.
~FAMILY FARMERS CARE ABOUT THE FUTURE
*By supporting family farms, you are ensuring that future generations will have access to abundant amounts of nourishing and flavorful food. Most family farmers take the time to incorporate crop rotation methods into their farming practices to reduce soil erosion and increase soil health. This farming method allows the soil to produce more food and more nutritious food for both animals and people.
~FARM FAMILIES DEPEND ON YOU
*When you purchase dairy products that are made with milk from family farms, you are supporting a family just like yours. Family farmers work hard every day to put wholesome food on kitchen tables around the United States because of their love for farming. It’s simple, by buying products from companies that support family farms, you are supporting future generations of family farmers as well as economic vibrancy, quality of life, and ecological health of communities. The livelihoods of farm families near and far depend on your support.