Hi, my name is Beth. I’m a gardener, mother and musician. A few years ago my husband and I quit our jobs as research biologists to pursue our mutual dream of becoming farmers and homesteaders. After having our first baby, I was looking for a life change that allowed me to break away from the stress of being a researcher and spend time with my son. In the sciences it can be hard to see the direct effects of your efforts, and I struggled with the stressful nature of research. More and more I felt pulled to the tangible, good work of growing food, creating meals, growing a family and fostering a loving home environment. My background in ecology has made me passionate about caring for the soil, fostering habitat for native biota, and living more sustainably. Nothing made more sense than becoming a farmer!
It seemed like a crazy, harebrained idea at first (after all, I started out knowing almost nothing about forming a business, and there’s a big difference between growing a backyard vegetable garden and farming), but as time went on the idea began to grow and take its own form. Once we began scanning for real estate online I knew we were serious about making the farm happen!
Trying to raise a family, start a business, and make a living off the land has been a challenge, and there are days when I wonder if we’re crazy! Most of the time, though, I feel satisfied that we’ve made the right decision in following our dream. I get to spend our days with our hands in the soil, doing something I truly love. I can’t think of a better way to raise a child, with space to roam and explore, and hands-on knowledge of what it actually takes to eat and live. I always tell myself that life is too short to do anything less than follow your dreams. I hope my transformation from scientist to farmer will show that it’s never too late to change the course of your life.