As we reflect on the journey that began in 2014 with six chickens and two goats, it's evident that our farm has been a tapestry woven with the threads of laughter, hard work, and countless unforgettable moments. Today, we find ourselves at a pivotal moment, ready to share the story of a significant shift in our farm's direction.
Raising a myriad of animals – from ducks and geese to Scottish Highland cattle – has been both a joy and a tremendous learning experience. Our children, once eager farm kids, have now grown into young adults with their own aspirations. As their interests have evolved, so must our approach to farm life.
In acknowledging the changing seasons of our lives, we have made the heartfelt decision to part ways with the majority of our livestock this year. The decision to say goodbye to the donkeys, rabbits, geese, and others hasn't been an easy one, but it is a necessary step as we focus on a more sustainable and purposeful future for our farm.
Our gaze is set on a new endeavor – cultivating a flock of St. Croix sheep. Why sheep, you might wonder? Beyond their charming demeanor and woolly presence, these sheep hold the key to transforming our farm into a haven of regeneration. They will play a vital role in revitalizing our soil and creating a silvopasture environment within our oak-hickory forest.
This shift is not a goodbye to our beloved horses; rather, they remain an integral part of this new chapter. Alongside them will be two donkey companions, forging a bond that mirrors the essence of our farmstead. It's about synergy and purpose.
As we transition, our commitment to the land and its sustainability remains unwavering. The St. Croix sheep will not only provide an income source but also contribute to the ongoing mission of nurturing and restoring our farm's ecosystem.
We invite you to join us on this journey, marked by earnestness, challenges, and the promise of a brighter, more focused future. The animals may change, but the spirit of our farm endures. Here's to new beginnings, rooted in respect for the land and a genuine love for the life it sustains.
The Thomer Family at LeChat Noir Farm