Hi, my name is Beth. I’m a gardener, mother and musician. My husband and I recently quit our jobs as research biologists to pursue our mutual dream of becoming farmers and homesteaders. After having our first baby last year, 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 know almost nothing about starting 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!
My heart swells when I think about spending my days with my hands in the soil, doing what 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.