The Farm

1980s photo of the farm

2018 photo of the sheep and horses

Our Wedding Day September 6, 2020

 The farm was bought in 2018, with the house dating back to the 1900s. Up until the 1990s, the space was used as a hay field for cattle. There is not much history on this particular plot of land, but the small town of Ashville has much to tell.

 

 The farm consists of 6.5 acres, with four acres originally fenced in. An additional acre was fenced in during summer of 2020. During the first year, a new fence was installed around the original four acres and a large 20x60 foot garden was planted. Two senior horses, Simon and Dave, were the first to move to the property, calling the land home. Shortly after, a small flock of sheep and chickens were added, completing our little farm. The farm rapidly grew, adding more sheep, milk goats, and several species of poultry including turkeys and guinea fowl.

 

 Our recent endeavor was becoming certified through A Greener World as an Animal Welfare Approved farm. By obtaining this certificate, it states that our practices are in the best interest of the animal and guarantees that our animals are raised sustainably and on pasture their entire lives. 

 We have also recently begun our audit to become Certified Non-GMO and have applied to become Certified Regenerative when that launches. 

 The common goal of the farm is to operate as self-sufficiently, sustainably, and  holistically as possible. Each animal plays a role in maintaining the land, controlling pests, and providing a good or service for the farm. You can view our products made  on the farm, by the farm. Enjoy woolen good, fresh eggs, and meat, right from our own backyard.

The Farmers

 Rachel and Chris Harding met in September 2019 and married in September 2020. Rachel grew up in the suburbs of Hilliard riding horses and loving animals, but always dreamed of owning a farm one day. Chris grew up in rural Circleville baling hay, fixing trucks, and being a small town country boy. The two share a passion for sustainable agriculture and small-scale farming. 

 Rachel spends most of her time tending the animals and processing wool into yarn. She started her flock of registered Shetland sheep in July of 2020 hoping to work towards becoming a member of the Fine Fleece Shetland Sheep Association. Rachel is the Secretary of the Dominique Club of America, where she actively raises and shows rare breed Dominique chickens, known to be the oldest American breed. Another passion of hers is raising guinea fowl, focusing on rarer colors.

 Chris spends most of his time tinkering and maintaining the farm equipment and making sure the farm runs smoothly. The latest edition to his collection is a vintage Ford 800 tractor used to mow pastures, move hay bales, and shovel gravel. Chris has a passion for vehicle and gun restoration, along with a new interest in pasture management. Chris has also become very fond of Bourbon Red turkeys, a rare color pattern of heritage turkeys. His plans for the coming years are to start a breeding program to help preserve the breed and begin showing his birds.