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Laughing Child Farm

Laughing Child Farm

Pawlet, VT

Laughing Child Farm is a fast-growing organic farm specializing in growing sweet potatoes. Located in the Mettowee River Valley, one of Vermont’s warmest places, our farm has the right climate, the right soils, and has the right community to help us grow the best sweet potatoes. In fact, with 10 acres in production, we are Vermont’s largest sweet potato producer and our product can be found throughout Vermont and New York. Laughing Child Farm is owned and operated by Timothy and Brooke Hughes-Muse and kept sane by our four giggling girls. Timothy manages the field operations for Laughing Child Farm and Brooke manages the packinghouse and sales for Laughing Child Farm. Laughing Child Farm has been growing sweet potatoes since 2012, and Timothy and Brooke have been growing on commercial farms for 15 years.

Brothers On Farms

Brothers On Farms

Hayesville, NC

We have a plaque in our living room that I live by it says, “Nature never betrayed the heart that loved her.” I have always believed that we are stewards of the land. Living in harmony with nature is our lifestyle so when we purchased this 48 acre farm 16 years ago in the heart of the Appalachian mountains of Western North Carolina, my husband and I pledged to return her to the natural beauty she craved to be. Not long after we bought the farm we adopted our two boys, Dmitry and Andrei, from Russia when they were 2 and 3. Now 16 & 17. Brothers On Farms was created in 2010 to keep our pre-teen boys off the couch that summer by drilling 100 Shiitake Mushroom logs and having them sell them at the local farmers market. The business grew with the desire to utilize our 48 acre farm to serve the community. We decided to raise sheep to sell lamb by the cut, purchasing our first breeding pair in 2011. In 2012 we purchased five more ewes. 2013 was our first year full year of lamb production. The public response was overwhelming. We are the only 'by the cut' lamb farmer in our area and at the local farmers markets. Everyone was excited to see us at the farmers market and we'd sell out almost every week. Since that time our herd has grown to 15 ewes and 28 lambs. The pastures are now up to 14+ acres. This fall to improve our bloodlines, we have contracted to purchase registered 5 Dorper ewes and a Dorper Ram from the Biltmore Estate, who has a fine line of champion stock. The Appalachian mountains are blessed with an abundance of natural springs. Last year with the help of the USDA conservation program, we installed a complete gravity fed watering system for six of our 11 pastures with the waterline ending at our new 30 X 72 foot hoop house. In the hoop house we have planted many fig trees, avocado trees, garlic, onions and seasonal vegetables, expanding our season and production reach. We also have a half acre garden and fruit and nut trees throughout the property. During this last 6 years, I have tirelessly promoted “local grown' agriculture and farming. I was a founder of a new Thursday evening market in our community, revitalizing the local downtown square. I just completed the intensive NC State and Tobacco Trust Fund Agriculture Leadership Development Program. A program where I was one of 32 farmers selected statewide learning skills needed to bridge the gaps between rural and urban interests, to participate actively in issues affecting agriculture, and to foster unity among agricultural interests. This two year training included trips to Washington to meet and talk with the Senate Committee on Agriculture, meeting with the Chinese consulate to learn the struggles and successes of the Chinese Ag markets. A trip to the boarder of Texas and customs to better understand the issues and challenges of keeping our food and farms safe from pest and contaminants, a 2 week trip to Brazil to study their huge Agriculture export businesses and how we as American farmers can compete.

Celestial Farms

Celestial Farms

Jefferson, OR

Celestial Farms is a 55 acre "Multi- Dimensional" farm, located in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon, where we grow and produce a variety of products. We are a husband and wife team that both hold full time jobs off the farm in order to support our farming habit. At the core of the farm is our 50 head herd of traditional Irish Dexter Cattle, that we raise for beef and breed stock. In addition, we also have a small plant nursery, bee hives, market garden, heirloom apple orchard, pasture raised chickens, Muscovy ducks for meat, and a doe-eyed Jersey cow for milk. What doesn’t feed us is taken to our local farmer’s market. In order to keep our market stall going between growing seasons, we also create a host of hand crafted items. These include handmade Irish Dexter tallow based soaps, beeswax lotion bars, beeswax based moisturizing salve, all natural bug repellant bars, candles and more.

Country Roots Farm VA

Country Roots Farm VA

Wytheville, VA

Country Roots Farm is a small 62 acre family farm that is located in the beautiful Appalachian mountains. We are a family of 6, working together to leave a story for future generations. Our little slice of heaven is home to dairy goats, Hereford cattle, chickens, honeybees, and several farm dogs & cats.

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