One hot summer day my grandfather was traveling down a country road. He was hauling water to his farm site, a chore he hated. As he approached Twelve Springs Farm, he noticed a large sign out by the road. It read, "Natural springs, never haul water again!" He got the number, called, and the rest is history. My grandparents and my father moved to Twelve Springs, where they built a house and a made a farm. They had chickens for awhile, but made the majority of their income with hogs. Eventually they sold out of hogs, and focused on Angus cattle. As my grandfather aged and became unable to farm any longer, the cows were sold. Just before my grandfather passed, I had a crazy idea. I should get some chickens. And Twelve Springs Farm was reborn.
Meet the Farmer
The face of the American farmer has slowly changed. It's easy to think farmer and envision an older gentleman with a straw hat and overalls. In our case, the farmer is me, Monica, a 30 year old woman. Now, I can't take sole credit for keeping the farm going. If it wasn't for my husband Rob, I couldn't keep Twelve Springs Farm floating. He is extremely handy, and has helped many of my "hey, we should build this" projects come to life. Like a chicken coop made with reclaimed garage door, a homemade chicken plucker, and a movable chicken tractor. He even almost herds goats as well as I do! When I was a little girl I explored the farm and fell in love with it. I got a little lost along the journey, but after I got married in 2009 I realized that I wanted to know where my food came from. I didn't know who I could trust when it came to humanely raised meat. As an animal lover the treatment of livestock is extremely important to me, not to mention the health benefits to happy,pastured animals. I decided to get chickens, which turned into dairy goats, which turned to pigs, and ducks, geese and turkey. Although I am not a great gardener, I faithfully plant a garden each year. My goal in farming is to help people realize the value of fresh from the farm foods. Whether that's pastured pork or a true, vine ripened tomato. I want people to have a farmer they can trust, a farm they can see, and let people have the chance to see that our food system is broken, and we are the only ones who can fix it.