We purchased our farm in late 2011, with the idea that we would begin a small, grass-based livestock operation to help feed ourselves as well as our local community. A short time after we closed on the property, we moved our 5 Dorset sheep here. At the time of purchase most of the 15 acres was not being used as farm land, and had become overgrown with various small shrubs, trees, and many weeds. We wanted to reclaim the land through grazing animals on it, supplemented with some mechanical cutting and mowing.
Our idea is to work with Nature, rather than to fight it, and is why we chose our farm name to reflect that philosophy.
In early spring 2012, we started grazing the sheep on our lawn plus 1.5 acres of hay land that was not overgrown using temporary electrified net fence, and purchased a ram to breed the 5 ewes. Since then, we have grown to approximately 25 ewes, and added heritage breed turkeys and beef steers to our operation. We have fenced in and reclaimed 3 more acres, with an additional 6 acres that have been fenced in and waiting to be reclaimed.