We haven't always been farmers. Dave grew up on a hobby farm here in Kenton County and Mary comes from a family with generations of farmers but was raised in the city. At the age of 6, Mary started riding horses and that's when her love of country life started.
Lives take unexpected turns and you never know where you are going to end up until you get there.
We started our livestock raising on 5 acres in very southern Kenton County with poultry. We didn't have any particular breed that we raised when we started, we really just wanted eggs for our family. Then our extended family wanted eggs, then our friends, and their friends. Our flock continued to grow to keep up with the demand. Our goal was to raise the healthiest animals we could and do it as naturally as possible.
We dreamed of having more land and to be able to raise more livestock so that we could provide our family with more than just chicken and eggs. Then unexpectedly, more land became a reality for us when our family was able to purchase this farm. While researching cattle breeds that we could raise, we discovered that there are in fact breeds of livestock that are in danger of becoming extinct. From that point on we decided that everything that we raised should be an endangered breed. If we are going to do this then we want to help save a breed while we are at it.
Now, our specialty has become raising breeds that are endangered. We've been fortunate enough to be able to obtain some of the most endangered breeds of livestock in the United States. We look forward to a day in the near future that we will be able to provide others with starter herds and flocks of these animals to other people who are also as passionate about saving them. Teaching others about sustainability in farming, rotational grazing, and how to heal our land naturally is another passion of ours. We've seen with our own eyes how the land can heal and be able to be productive with a little natural TLC.
Mary is currently involved with many agricultural groups and is on the council for the Kenton County CAIP program, Kenton County Extension Council, Chairman of the Kenton County Fall Harvest Tour Board, member of American Pastured Poultry Producers Association to list a few.
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