Hello! We’re the Cook family - Kellan, Angie, Adler and Bennett - and we’re glad you stopped by! We moved to our farm in 2015 with big dreams and little experience! Our journey started several years earlier when we became painfully aware of our country’s broken and industrial food system. Feeling convicted to make a change, we went in search of nutritious and ethically raised food. We visited farms and farmers’ markets near and far and knew that we wanted to join the growing community of responsible land stewards. We were so drawn to the lifestyle that we decided to dive in feet first. Neither of us grew up in farming families, so we’ve done extensive research, coupled with hands-on learning to accomplish our goals.
When we decided to sell our house and move to a farm, we embarked on an adventure with plenty of failures, but have achieved so much together as a family. We have built brooders, chicken tractors, and duck houses for our poultry that we are raising for meat and eggs. When we adopted a small flock of Katahdin sheep, we constructed barn stalls and mobile shade structures. We grew our first garden entirely from seed instead of purchasing starts, including many heirloom varieties, and planted hundreds of trees, shrubs and perennial plants. With the whole family helping we inoculated our first mushroom logs. We’ve spent many evenings stacking firewood, mowing fields, hauling feed, and planning for the future. The work has been hard, but it’s also been wonderfully rewarding and has brought our family closer together.
Growing and raising our own food has pushed us to research and practice more traditional cooking methods and food preservation. We have learned to can and dehydrate food. We’ve also learned to make bone broth and render lard with the goal of wasting less of an animal. We enjoy making sauerkraut, kombucha, pickles and other fermented foods. In fact, nothing compares to the pride we feel after we have tended a cabbage from seed to sauerkraut.
We grow and raise most of our own food here at the farm, and we are thankful for other local farmers who provide us with the rest. One day we hope to have a family cow and the infrastructure to allow us to grow produce year round. Kellan is in the process of starting his own nursery to someday plant a fruit and nut tree orchard. Angie has picked up soap making as a hobby and hopes to reclaim other skills that utilize products from the farm.
We feel incredibly blessed for this opportunity and for the time we’ve been able to spend together as a family. It’s been amazing to watch our boys share in our excitement and learn the value of hard work. We hope that someday they’ll look back on this experience with great memories and a deep appreciation for the simple things in life.