WOW! What a 1st year it has been for our
First and foremost we want to thank everyone that
has supported us and our farm this year. If you have "liked" our Facebook page, posted comments on our Facebook page, “liked” a status on our Facebook page, shared one of our posts on our Facebook page, viewed our website, came out to see us at the market, wore one of our t-shirts in public, and/or purchased any of our products THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! We couldn’t have done what we have done this year without your support and for that we are truly grateful.
To say that we have learned a lot over the last 12 months would be an understatement. Who ever knew that growing plants could make someone lose sleep or that mums and pansies could make someone breakdown in tears or that raising 130 chickens would make you want to raise another 130 more!! Seriously, though we learned from our mistakes as well as our successes this year and will be able to apply this to the upcoming year. Some of our ideas worked and others didn’t but
that comes with the territory. We also were faced with the challenge of starting our farm while working 40 hour work weeks (Yes, we know were crazy… day jobs and starting a farm…WHeW!). All in all we found a good balance and were able to manage both without any major problems. Now
don’t get me wrong there was little room for any down time and most days we
worked from sun up to sun down but it was worth every minute of
Over this last year our farm became home to 130 more chickens, 2 goats, and a horse. Our children raised turkeys and showed 2 of them at the NC State Fair which they both took home 10th place out of 15th. We also ate our very first Thanksgiving turkey raised right here on the farm!! We pledge never to eat a store bought turkey again!! Hmmmm do I foresee some heritage birds in our distant future?!?! We also raised Black Australorps and New Hampshire Reds for the 4-H Four County Poultry Show and Sale. Our New Hampshires took Grand Champion and our Australorps took 3rdplace! Our remaining 13 4-H birds were donated to The Interfaith Food Shuttle Teaching
Farm. We were very happy and proud to be able to raise these lovely ladies for them and will hopefully be making this a yearly practice.
Along with raising all of our animals we also had a successful first year selling our products at the Oxford Farmers Market. Although we didn’t offer as many vegetables as we wanted to our eggs,
herbs, and plants held their own. We were able to support our community while meeting new people!
Sooooooo……..What will next year bring?
Although, we are still hashing out all the details for next year I can tell you that we will be adding a few more products to our market line-up and will carry more of a variety of plants and herbs. Our
nursery stock will grow a little bigger this year! We can’t give away all details just yet but you will want to keep checking our Facebook page and our Website for details as spring gets closer!! Let’s just say we don’t have much down time this winter either. Major chores for the upcoming season will start very soon.
We can share one new item for the upcoming year and that is our email newsletter. Starting in
2014 we will be sending out a weekly newsletter containing product availability, announcements, and promotions. This is a great way to stay informed with us. Plus you never know when we
will be having a promotion or discount just for our email folks! We will never give your email address to anyone else nor will we bombard you with tons of emails. If you’re interested in signing up please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to our contact page and send us your email address. Sign up today!!!
Again, thanks for all your continued support and look forward to
a bigger and better year to come!
We have always had a dream to own our own farm and take pride in working hard to produce our own food. That dream is now coming true before our eyes and we look forward to sharing our experience!