The family farm was purchased by Amanda's grandparents, John and Pauline Wilson, just after they were married in the 1930's. Over the years, the farm has produced plenty of cows, chickens, hogs, hay, straw, tobacco, wheat, corn and soybeans. Currently, Amanda's dad, Mike, farms corn, soybeans, and hay and raises the most delicious beef.
We (Brady and Amanda) started with 2 acres of hops, and became the first certified organic hop producers in Ohio. After a few years it became clear that the future of farming for us, needed to focus on animals, and grass. The farm now produces thousands of pounds of meat every year including truly pasture raised poultry, grass-fed lamb, and beef finished with corn grown on the farm. We also maintain a flock of 500 pastured layer hens, who produce the finest eggs in the city, and we make maple syrup from a grove of sugar maples in one of the summer pastures.
We are looking forward to creating a future for family farming in Ohio and beyond, that is not only sustainable, but can even improve the soils that we all rely on while producing higher quality food. We are currently planning for transitioning our farm toward energy independence with a small solar project and alternative fuels. We are hopeful we can also rebuild our rural community through cooperative farming ventures, and local sourcing of feeds, and labor.