Our Afternoon at Little Seed Farm.

Little Seed Farm

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.

Little Seed 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.

Little Seed Farm

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.

Little Seed Farm Chickens

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.

Little Seed Farm pigs

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!

Little Seed Farm owners James and Eileen, pictured with their son, Abby and Levi, and our friend Nyah.

Little Seed Farm owners James and Eileen, pictured with their son, Abby and Levi, and our friend Nyah.

Papier Mache Piggies

Papier Mache is really easy to do, not very expensive – but a bit messy. Way back when I went to school we did piggy banks using a large balloon as moulds. I remember loving to mess with glue and paper scraps. As an adult I’m not too keen on the messy part but I had to let my daughter try it. Check out our mini piggies!


You need a small balloon, corks from wine and plastic bottles, newspaper scraps and wallpaper glue. If you have small children you might want to make your own papier mache paste, in case they put their fingers in their mouths. There are several recipes on the net.


1. First turn the balloon into a piggy mould. Cut the wine corks to the size of your choice and attach them as legs to the bottom of the balloon. We used double-sided tape to attach ours. Also tape the plastic cork on to the front as a snout. It’s already cute, isn’t it!


2. Make sure you cover your work surface, this is going to be messy! Then tear the newspaper into strips and dip them in glue. Place the stripes one at a time over the balloon and corks. The piggy should be covered. Make sure to remove air bubbles as you go along.

3. Make the first layer thin and let it dry completely. Then add another layer and let it dry. Our piggies have three layers but you can add as many layers as you like. When all the layers have dried, we painted our piggies using hobby paint.


This one got a heart as well! The ears are made of a bit of felt and it also got a twisted little tail.


Our piggies are too small to be piggy banks but we cherish them never the less. They where messy to make but we had a lot of fun. And in the end it’s all that counts, don’t you think!