We sat in the college library reading Mother Earth News in the early 80's, dreaming about the ‘homesteading life.’ In 2008, the kids were grown, and our friends were 'downsizing', but we left our suburban yard, and dove head-first into a small farm! We haven't looked back since!
What an experience it has been – in a few short years, I learned how to keep chickens, sheep, alpacas, steers, turkey, a milk cow, and then, Nubian milk goats!
We love the goats, and we now use their milk to make soap and yogurt for dogs.
Buttonwood Springs Farm
The previous owners named this property ‘Buttonwood Farms’ for the large Sycamore tree in the front yard.
Keeping with their tradition, we renamed it Buttonwood Springs Farm for the many Sycamore trees and springs found on the property.
Who We Are
Tom has been gardening his whole life, and worked on a dairy farm when he was in high school. He had a garden in every location we lived - our first garden as a married couple was a community garden since we were renting a townhouse. We went on our honeymoon, and came home to can over 100 quarts of tomatoes! Tom's job as an engineer enables him to come up with all kinds of solutions here on the farmstead!
I have always loved the outdoors and crafting, but found my niche when I started spinning. Sheep quickly followed, and spinning the wool from our own flock has been richly satisfying. I then learned to weave, and can't imagine life without these fiber activities. Making goat milk soap and cheese are extensions of my biology background - better than a science lab! And I just love those goats!