In 2001, we decided to make a radical lifestyle change. Leaving our suburban Maryland home, we uprooted for the hills of West Virginia. Although we had very little farming experience we purchased an abandoned 50 acre farm. We decided to bring the farm back to a working farm. Along the way, we raised our family and added to our farm each year. We try to grow as sustainably as possible with minimal inputs. We use organic methods as often as possible as we consume the produce and meat also. First we added an orchard, and then we added asparagus. Soon shiitake mushrooms were added and then our first high tunnel (26x24). Ducks and chickens gave us eggs and meat. The high tunnel made growing food so much easier with less competition from the animals (both wild and domestic) so we applied for a program with the NRCS. Excess produce was sold at the farmers market and in 2015 we added a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Also in 2015 we added a third high tunnel.
When we first looked at the farm on that dreary February day, we envisioned a haven where we could step back from the rat race and raise our children in a slower pace of life. Each season brings new memories to be made in West Virginia. Springtime on our property is a fragrant and green. The spring peepers sing their chorus and the wildflowers sparkle in many different hues. Summer brings warm sunshine, hummingbirds and cool breezes coming down the hillside. Autumn’s vibrant colors and the crispness in the air are breathtaking. Even winter, with its barren fields and gray skies, can be beautiful; the sycamore trees stretch their bony arms to the sky. Life on Sycamore Creek Farm is magnificent!