Like a lot families, we started off life in the world of busy schedules, living in the urban core of downtown Jacksonville. Each year as our family grew we had a desire for more space and eventually moved to the suburbs. However, life in the suburbs began to seem too crowded for our liking. One day we decided to quiz our children about food and where it comes from, for no particular reason, and to our surprise their answers were far off base. This really impacted us in that not just our kids but most folks these days are quite disconnected from their food sources yet it is the single most important thing we need each day. The more we reflected the more we realized we needed to change our course as a family and become closer with our food, where it comes from and how its raised.
This started off a weekend ritual of traveling around the rural areas of Florida. For two years we looked at many pieces of land. While we looked we began reading every bit of information we could find on farming, raising animals, and how to provide for ourselves. It was during this time we discovered Joel Salatin and pastured base farming. It became more exciting by the day as we imagined creative ways to raise food simply by allowing nature to do what is does best and embrace its many perfect systems.
It was finally in 2007 that we found the land we now live on and began a new chapter in our lives. Like many wanna-be farmers we tried many ideas and failed yet also found success with persistence. As we began to provide for our own family we began providing for others. In a very organic fashion our farm has slowly grown over the years to what it is now.