The Farm and Family
We are the fourth and fifth generations to live on our family farm near Danforth, Illinois. We tend a small (but growing) herd of meat and 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, four 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 grow older they begin to help, thereby continuing the century-old way of life on the farm.