Farm Name: Red Barn Farm
Year Farm Established: 2012
Years I’ve been farming: 1 year
Animals I raise: None yet. Hope to begin with chickens next year.
Crops I grow: just a large garden with tomatoes, yellow and green onions, broccoli, lettuce, green beans, strawberries, cucumber, watermelon, pumpkins, and decorative gourds.
We have also planted apple, peach, and cherry trees and hope to add pear trees to our new orchard.
Hobbies I enjoy: gardening, photography, scrapbooking, home remodel and DIY projects, camping, and travel
Club/Associations memberships: IL Farm Bureau
The proudest moment on my farm: We bought this old homestead in summer 2012 with a fixer 2 story brick colonial farmhouse. I married my high school sweetheart and remember when we would drive past this place and I dreamed of living here.
Notes on the barn: The 2 story barn is indeed very neat. Not sure when it was built, need to do some research, but it is quite old and previous owners steel sided over original wood and windows. The sliding doors open on both sides (note the light shining through from back side, you can drive thru it). The upper hay loft is huge and is complete with the pulley system that the kids now use as a rope swing :)
Pets: 3 barn cats: Sylvester, Charlie, and Punkerdoodle
Black Lab: Winston