Happy Animals. Healthy Lives.
Our mission is to be good stewards of the land while providing quality products to our local community.
My Journey into Farming
Farming was never a dream of mine. I never imagined I could love this life. But this is what I was made for. As I look back on my childhood, I was always happiest playing outside. I wanted to save all the animals. I was an athlete and saw the value of nutritious foods. It’s who God made me. As I entered the teenage years I fell into the trap of wanting to fit in. It took years to find my true self again.
In 2011, the Hubby found our property in Cross Creek. It had been vacant for at least 20 years. There was a lot of work to be done. One neighbor was using the pasture to graze his cows. In 2013 we moved a house onto the property and started our little homestead with meat rabbits. A small garden space grew soon after that.
It was increasingly challenging to maintain our homestead while we both worked in town full time. I left my job at the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in 2015 to stay home with our two little girls and to grow our homestead. One by one, we introduced pigs, chickens, and goats. The garden space grew exponentially.
I loved the work I was doing. I spent time outside every day. I was able to care for my children in a while new way. When the days were tough, I enjoyed the company of my critters. I loved the physical labor. I relished in the good food we were growing. I had grown into a farmer.
When our first milking doe started producing more milk than we could consume, I started to make cheese and breads for friends. We soon discovered that there was a high demand for our products. Pastorale Farm, LLC was formed in 2018.
We are currently licensed to sell our products as pet food. All of our animals are treated humanely throughout their lifetimes and those whose ultimate job is to provide meat are harvested humanely as well. Because our products are harvested and processed on our farm and not in a USDA-inspected facility, we are required by law to label them “not for human consumption.” We are working toward Grade A certification for our cheese products.
To order products from our farm, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Items can be picked up at the farm or we can arrange a drop off time.
Thank you for supporting our family farm!