Our Journey - Welcome To The Family - Why The Name

Welcome To The Family

We grew up with backyard gardens and memories of late summer harvests. My father was “organic” before it was a catch-phrase, trucking home load after load of autumn leaves, liming the soil each year, and rotating “crops” through the city plot. To this day, I still believe that he had the best soil I've ever seen. I began learning about larger scale organic farms, as well as the CSA model, in 2002. My husband, Joe, will still talk your ear off about the bushels and bushels of tomatoes he and his brothers had to help transform into sauce – the “wash and squash” days. We still have the 100-year-old tomato press brought from Italy by his father's mother, and we still use it every year.

Our biggest hope when we started our farm was to instill a love and understanding of Nature's processes in our two children. We have set them on a good path, and as they grow, their appreciation of fresh, real food has grown as well. They both are comfortable discussing how, why, and where real food grows.

We often say that the best ambassador to the farm is our amazing dog, Kiyouk (named for the toddler word our son used for “chocolate”). She's an incredible guardian to our chicken flock, and has more than earned her keep by managing the groundhog population (with an occasional field mouse as a snack). Our cat, Dizzy, works the night shift, keeping rabbits at bay.

One of the most consistent compliments we receive is about the quality of our eggs. We are very proud of the care we take of our hens and two roosters. They receive high quality feed, but more importantly they also have the ability to do what chickens are meant to do – sunbathe, dust bathe, scratch, hunt, and roam. They provide us with eggs, and we accept that gift with gratitude. They are just as precious to us as their eggs are, so therefore, this is a sanctuary for them until the end of their natural lives. We do not slaughter them as they age and begin to slow egg production; instead, we recognize their ongoing contributions to our farm – their mighty scratching powers to work in our summer cover crops, their voracious appetites to gobble down insects (Japanese beetles seem to be the M & Ms of the chicken world), and the joy they bring to our family . This makes us a little different from most farms, and we're proud of that.

Finally, all the wildlife here – pollinators, raptors, frogs and toads, native plants, and the many microorganisms beneath our feet – they are our family, too. We share a home with them all. They have an intricate way of interacting with each other and us, and we maintain the greatest respect for that. It is in this spirit that we say, “May all beings be well and happy.”