I don’t know if you have ever had your own farming operation, but if you haven’t I will be the first to tell you, it’s not always cute little baby animals and beautiful crops. It is a lot of work. Your job doesn’t begin when you walk in the office or end when you leave. It is all the time. It’s when you wake up in the middle of the night because there is a fox attacking your mother hens. Or when you’re finally starting to thaw out from getting all the animals locked up when it is 5˚ outside and your momma ewe decides to have her baby. But, it’s in those moments of new life that you are able to sit back and appreciate all the hard work that goes into it. I wouldn’t be anywhere without the help of my awesome farm team. It has taken years to get where I am and to get a group that works so well together. I am very fortunate. Since it takes a village to keep our little farm operation running, I want to introduce you to everyone!
MaryTeresa Boland – “MT” went to Virginia Tech and graduated with a degree in Human Development. From the beginning of our farm she has always helped with writing the newsletters, working on the website and doing as much as she could while away at school. I was thrilled when she graduated because I wanted her to come help me full time. Unfortunately she had a different idea in mind. I was very supportive of that and let her go off on her own and do her own thing. While she was working in the mortgage business for three years, I had some time to grow the farm business. I then reached a point where I needed more help. I needed someone that knew and understood what we were doing here and why. It’s not just about eating good meat; it’s about knowing what is going on in your system and how you can be the healthiest you! She got me. She got the mission behind the farm. And that’s when I knew I needed to approach her again. She has now been helping me for almost two years. She is the one that literally does everything. MT is in charge of our employees, organizing Thanksgiving Turkeys, marketing, social media, accounting, patio service… I could go on for days. MT has been a huge asset to our Farm and has given me the freedom to step away from some of the shop work so that I can work in the kitchen and grow our Bone Broths!
Mike North – Mike is our Farm Manager. He came to us from Philadelphia about a year and a half ago and we haven’t looked back since. He is our “do-it-all” man when it comes to the operation of all our farm equipment, butcher runs, animals and more. When I mention that this job isn’t easy, just talk to Mike. This isn’t your standard job. You will never know what you are going to come into in the morning. From waking up at 3am to go on butcher runs, to cleaning out the incubator that has a rotten egg (Trust me when I say you NEVER want to smell this!) to taking care of a sick lamb; it’s not exactly easy to write up a job description. Mike begins at 3am on Wednesday mornings, coordinating with the processors, checking each package of meat we receive, and making sure the meat we are receiving is from the animals we took in. He is our liaison for our wholesale accounts as well. Mike works with the customers and quality checks each item to ensure our customers satisfaction upon delivery. The best part, Mike does it every week with a smile on! He won’t be the face you see in the shop on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday, but he is the one that makes sure all of our freshly cut meats make it back to the farm and in our fridge so you can come shop!
Stay tuned for more of our farm team!