Farming runs deep in our family. My husband is a fourth generation farmer. We rode the school bus together when I was 6 and our grandparents farmed together. My husband left the family farm at 18 to become a mechanical engineer, which he did. However, farm life was his calling. He says he was born with diesel in his blood. So he went back and took over the farm.
After working in family and Internal medicine for a decade, I decided to started my “hobby farm” 16 years old, dabbling with dairy goats, a large production garden, and pastured poultry. Homesteading has always been a passion of mine, as my grandmother instilled the love of whole foods into my heart. 7 years ago my little farm vision went from a hobby, to a way of survival. After years of illness, I was diagnosed with Lupus, a auto immune disease. I was maxed out on steroids and facing chemotherapy directly in the eye. I refused to go this route. I told my rheumotogist that I was going to fight this disease with diet and exercise. He laughed at me. I quickly found that sourcing wholesome, healing foods, was by far the most difficult of tasks in this healing process. So I decided to do something about it.
First and foremost, I needed to find Raw A2A2 milk, however, it didn’t exist locally. So I decided to buy a cow and start a raw A2A2 certified dairy. A2A2 milk has excellent digestibility, where as A1 milk is linked to auto immune disease, diabetes, lactose intolerance and irritable bowel. It has taken me years to acquire a herd of all A2 cows, but I did.
I already had a garden, so my next step was meat. I needed pork and beef. Once again I found that antibiotic & steroid free, Non-Gmo, No corn or Soy meat, did not exist locally. Frustrated, I grew my farm some more. I found the best blood lines of heritage pork and highland cattle, who are both praised for their ability to forage on grass and their excellent marbling. So fences I built and feeding the people was my goal.
I have been in remission for 5.5 years.
Today I blessed to serve over 150 families. This has been the biggest honor of my life.
Everyday I am determine to wake up and produce wholesome foods locally for every family, to heal, to prevent.