Raised in the sleepy ag community of Inman, GA, I have always been an animal-lover, through and through. I was blessed enough to have been raised with horses and chickens, but thanks to neighbors there were cattle and crops all around. I began raising ADGA registered Nigerian Dwarf goats in 2000…. back when ND breeders were few and far between! To be honest, I somehow convinced my husband to buy me Nigerian Dwarves for our first anniversary!
By the time I had my first children in 2003 (twins), they were born into a world of poultry and dairy goats. We decided to homechool them, and I was able to see just how valuable farm life was, not just for teaching responsibly, but as a way to introduce and integrate concepts in math, biology, engineering, reading, geography… the sky was the limit!
In 2011, I decided to take my background in k-12 education, health promotion & behavior, and my love for animals and combine them to start an agricultural education program here on the farm. I have a passion for teaching, and it was obvious then that I was on to something great! Since that first small start, these ag programs have taught agricultural lessons, responsibility, character development, confidence-building, and academic content to hundreds of children in our community. Animals and nature offer us a multitude of lessons and a whole lot of therapy…. we just have to tap into it!