Our Farming History and Philosophy We began farming when we came to Michigan in 1975 when Brett was hired to teach at the University of Michigan. We were not born into farm families but loved being outside and being with animals. It has always been important to us to have good quality food that is as natural and safe as possible, without hormones pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides. We wanted to be able to grow and raise as much of our own food as possible to insure that it was wholesome. Our interest in farming evolved over time. At first farming was a part-time activity for us. We had animals so our children could have that experience and participate in 4H. In addition to our organic vegetable garden, we have raised goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, and a Suri llama. We have tried just about everything. :) Over time, we developed a greater interest in beef cattle and discovered that the Grass Fed Beef movement fits our values and our land. Our farm is in the Sharon Short Hills between Chelsea, Manchester and Grass Lake. Our land is rolling and for the most part not suited to row crops but more suited for pasture. We are constantly learning and are enjoying the challenge of managing a cow-calf herd and building the soil so that it provides a pasture that is sustainable and nutritious. We enjoy breeding the cattle. Spring is the most exciting time on the farm as we are able to see the cows give birth and raise their calves. We sell most of our weaned calves to other farms to raise to maturity. We also raise a few to maturity for our own use and for private sale. Although cattle are our primary activity, we also raise lambs and chickens each year and keep chickens for egg production. We have a small herd of Nigerian Dwarf Dairy goats for pleasure and their milk. It is important to us to be as self-sufficient as we can. We want to respect our environment and be as sustainable as we can. We installed a 10K windmill and solar panels which help supply our energy.