Here's Farmer Dee. She's a mother of three. In 2006, after a long career managing the service department of a local Saturn dealership, she co-founded Route9Auto, a AAA-certified automotive repair shop (I guess that makes her Mechanic Dee as well, but that's another story). The business thrived until 2008 when the rug was pulled out from all of us and, to this day, small owner-operated shops like these struggle with the onslaught of well-funded giants Jiffy Lube, Firestone (new to Hadley) and Auto Express. By day, she and her awesome business partner Bryon Fuller, continue to serve happy loyal customers... but, when she's not at the shop, she's tending to her herd of goats and flock of chickens and turkeys.
Motivated by the desire to feed her children healthy chemical-free food, Dee has labored during every remaining waking hour and all weekends to make the most of an acre and a half of land. She has up-cycled pallets and scavenged second-hand hoop houses to create sturdy structures for the goats. She has up-cycled ice-fishing sheds for chicken housing. Thanks to her inventive approach, she has bootstrapped our farm operation during a very difficult fiscal period with the hope that Copperhead Farm and ValleyFreshMeat CSA will one-day yield a return on investment that can support her family.
I won't go into her upbringing on a farm, her need for a tractor so she's not snow-blowing an acre and a half of land or her need for a barn... or how she has managed to navigate the learning curve of raising animals. I will simply introduce you to her and introduce you to her blog (drum-roll please), God Made A Female Farmer, which will chronicle her experiences growing a farm venture from the ground up. Check out the first blog post, which is a picture of the first baby goat kid born at Copperhead Farm.