Located in Warrensville, our farm was first purchased in the early 1900s by Elihue J. and Bina Weaver, who farmed and brought up five children on the land. Their fourth child, Allen J Weaver, and his wife, Pollie, purchased the family farm in 1962. Weaver Orchards began the same year their first child, Nancy, was born- 1965. In 1977, a flood damaged nearly all of the farm equipment. Between the years of 1983 to 2003 part of the land was leased to various Weaver relatives.
In the fall of 2001, Nancy and her husband, Larry Hoffman, moved their own brood of five children back home and began rehabilitating the farm. With the discovery of foxfire on the land, the farm name was changed once more to Foxfire Holler Farms. They began their farm with three young Rambouillet ewes and the farm hasn’t stopped growing since.
I am always amazed and surprised when people think that what we are doing is special somehow, or unusual, or that the life we lead is utopian or ..well …something.
I am here to tell you folks ..It ain’t that way.. we make mistakes farming, raising kids, living life… I have a son who is struggling with addiction and a daughter who had a precious baby at 15, and who by the way is one of the most amazing young mommies I have ever known.. I have a son, Matthew, age 14 who likes to sleep til noon just like yours … sometimes the pigs get out and eat up the lettuce bed … and the pastured turkeys, even with their wings clipped can fly up to the top of the mater vines and eat a LOT before you find them …
I struggle daily with cooking meals that my family will enjoy, as I write this, as a matter of fact .. my oldest went to the store to get hotdogs because she just knows her daughter will not eat liver and onions no matter how good they are.
My big fancy barn isn’t done and I don’t know when it will be, so we are still struggling on with the 20 X40 shed we built our first summer in the new house… I will never be the gardener that my Daddy was and some days I feel like giving up trying.
In January of this year, we decided to go to cooking all our meals from raw, no ordering pizza, no bologna sandwiches for supper, no macaroni and cheese in a box .. and guess what ? it’s not one bit more work to cook this way than it was the other… just had to get used to thinking about it a bit differently.
We are closer to self sufficiency than we have ever been, I can buy groceries for our family of 7 full time plus whoknowshowmany part time for about $100 a month give or take 25 bucks … Part of that figure is due to food we have put away, part of it is just the way I shop and cook now.
My vision for this blog is that it can be a place of free sharing of ideas. About farming, family, homekeeping, community and living sustainably within our means. (2011)
Wow!! I wrote that in 2011, what a lot has changed since then.
Mama passed in May 2014 and I was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition about the same time. The granddaughters, Skyler and Chelsea, are 11 now and quite grown up. A new one, Liam,is 7 months old now and super adorable.
I am no longer farming because I can’t be dependable to the animals now. The upstairs of my house is now a fiber studio. Weaving, spinning, sewing, etc
I have reactivated the blog hoping to find some healing through writing to better deal with this thing called Hashimotos Thyroiditis and what it’s doing to my body. Hopefully I will also be touching on some fibery,gardeny, farmy,lifey stuff too:)
Thank you so much for visiting with us,
Nancy and the critters at Foxfire Holler Farm