Welcome to our farm:
Our farm was bought four generations ago (in 1898) by Herman Brockman and Maria Zachgo-Brockman when it consisted of 160 acres and the original rooms of the farmhouse. In 1912, Herman built the big hip-roofed barn, complete with a cement floor, which was virtually unheard of then because it was thought to lame the horses. Herman and Maria’s son, Fred Brockman, took over the farm in 1930. Unfortunately he had to stop farming after he crushed his leg in a harvesting accident in 1963. The farm was then rented and farmed in the usual way: corn and soybeans and plenty of pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. Soon after our family moved back here in 1998, it was converted back to organic crops and diverse sustainable agriculture.
The farm and family:
We are the fourth and fifth generations to live on our family farm near Danforth, Illinois. We tend a large herd of dairy goats in the same barn our great-grandfather Herman built in 1912. We also have a large flock of chickens, ducks and guinea fowl, plus two dogs, five friendly barn cats, a horse, and a few rabbits. In our spare time, we take care of a pear and apple orchard. Everything is grown or raised organically. The farm is traditional in one other sense: the milking, collecting of eggs, picking of apples, and soap-making is all done by hand. As our four girls grew older they began to help, thereby continuing the century old way of life on the farm.
It is the unfortunate truth that all of our family suffer from dry and incredibly sensitive skin. Years ago we were investing far too much time and money searching for a soap that would moisturize without causing us to break out in a rash. We stumbled upon goat milk soap and, since we had a growing herd of milk goats, came to the obvious conclusion: why not make our own soap, specially formulated for our needs? Our soap is gentle and made from all natural ingredients (no fragrances)–perfect for sensitive skin like ours–and yours.