I first heard of Little Seed Farm at our local Kroger Grocery Store. Unexpected? Yes, because Little Seed Farm is a local goat farm right outside of Nashville, TN. At a major chain grocery store. Not something that you normally see. Little Seed Farm has a mission, and it is to provide raw milk farmstead cheeses, organic skin care products, and humanely and sustainably raised meats. I was really excited to get to sample some of the organic goat milk soap and organic lip balm that farmers, James and Eileen, make on their beautiful farm.
I thought that a trip to Little Seed Farm would make a really great homeschooling field trip for Abby and one of her friends, as well as Levi, who is out of school now. I emailed James and Eileen, and they were more than happy to have us over for a tour of the farm. Our kids were really excited! I don’t think that there’s anything better than seeing where the products that we use are made, what they are made from, and how they are made. How many soaps can you buy and know exactly where they come from? See the goats that the milk came from that went into it? There’s something amazing about that! And there’s nothing cuter than happy little kids… of the goat variety, that is. James and Eileen were gracious hosts.
We were given a full tour of the farm, starting with the goats. Abby and Levi had a great time playing with them, petting them, and even helping James move them from one pen to another. The kids (goats) were full of energy, playful, and obviously extremely happy! After watching them eat, we walked down the dirt road to the pasture where the chickens were. The goats and chickens at Little Seed Farm are rotationally grazed, with the goats grazing the pastures first, and the chickens following after, to help fertilize the land. At least I think that’s what I understood. Because the goats are constantly on the move, they are never exposed to parasites from manure and are never treated with antibiotics. They are grass-fed and completely healthy. And guess what? James and Eileen have never once lost a goat to sickness. Not one. James is the only dairy farmer to rotate his crops this way. He says it’s a lot of work, but he enjoys it, and the resulting healthy animals is worth it.
Next, we walked farther down the lane for a visit to the pigs. The main purpose that they have the pigs is that they consume waste on the farm, specifically the whey, which is the byproduct from the goat cheese that is made. The goal at the farm is to minimize waste and pollution and they do a great job! A couple of these sows are about to give birth in a couple of weeks! We’re hoping to return for a visit.
After visiting the animals we saw where the goats are milked and the shop where the soaps are made. James explained the soap making process to us, which is fascinating to me. We smelled all the different types of soap that he makes, and some of their natural baby products to! We couldn’t leave without bring home a few bars of soap and a new lip balm too.
James and Eileen are wonderful. They have a beautifully inspiring story, having moved here from New York City, and previously knowing nothing about farming. They decided that this was what they wanted to do, educated themselves, visited other farms, working and volunteering to get hands on experience, and followed their dream here to Tennessee. I think that’s just incredible, and I’m so glad to have had the chance to visit the farm and get to know them in person. Thank you, James and Eileen, for a wonderful afternoon at Little Seed Farm!