Like most homesteading stories it all started with some chickens. They're the gateway animal to homesteading. First came some chickens, then eggs, then more chickens, then meat chickens, then some dairy goats, then a cross country move to our own farm.
Jessica is the dreamer behind the farm. She comes up with the big ideas, creates the "honey-dos," crunches the numbers, manages the tech and cares for the animals. Off farm she coaches crossfit, teaches childbirth classes and works as a doula. She loves homeschooling her girls and cooking fresh food for the family.
Matt is the builder on the farm. He's handy at just about anything. He manages most of the daily chores, runs the tractor and is always working on a new project. Off farm he works as an electrical contractor.
Thing one and thing two are Estella and Elaina. They are two of the sweetest little girls on the planet and love playing outdoors and helping around the farm. We are also foster parents and currently have two little ones with us as well.
Not pictured are Grandma and Grandpa E. They took a big chance on us and followed us a across the country. They're building a house in the back 40 and are always around to lend a hand.
We are both native Southern Californians. We grew up with backyard gardens but had little livestock experience (okay, we had no idea what we were doing at first). Matt is the talented gardener and what goes better with a garden than a few chickens. I convinced Matt we needed some egg laying hens so we got 12 (we eat a lot of eggs). They were easy and fun. Then Matt got hooked on farming blogs and we decided to try our hands a some meat birds. We had two acres and had been doing the laying hens for a while. While the meaties grew I convinced Matt we should get some dairy goats so we bought a pregnant doe and feed leased (that's farm speak for borrowed) a little buddy for her. A few months laters we had some baby goatees! There is really nothing cuter than baby goats.
We loved Southern California, but we had known for some time that it just wasn't the right place for us to raise our family. After years of searching and exploring, the Carolina's were calling our name. We sold our California business, our house, animals (minus the farm dog) and moved to central North Carolina. We love it here and are so excited to be farming our beautiful 10 acre property in Mt Ulla.