I am Graham. Ever since I was a little boy I have wanted to be a farmer. I don’t exactly know what drew me to it. I always loved animals, and when my family moved back to the country when I was 7, I must have caught the farming bug.
Or maybe it’s deeper than that. I tend to think it is. Perhaps I didn’t choose farming, maybe it chose me.
As a little kid, my friends may have been playing video games, reading comic books, or doing stunts on their bicycles. Instead, I would be playing with my toy farm tractors and animals, and set up whole farmsteads on the living room floor. I would read farming related how to books, and rode my bike around the yard pretending it was a tractor! I’ve always had a big imagination!
Then one day I learned about sustainable farming, and for some reason I just new that it was the right way to do things. At the time I really couldn’t have told you why, but something inside of me knew it was right.
I think things that are worth doing have a way of impacting us like that.
When I turned 12 my family moved onto five acres on the corner of my great-grandmother’s large central Virginia farm, and that is when my dream of becoming a farmer came true.
I got two sheep for my birthday, and spent much of my day sitting out with them. I was home schooled so I would do my school work or read while sitting out in the pen with my sheep. I took my job as a shepherd pretty seriously!
That fall my flock grew when I bought 3 more sheep, and it grew even more in the spring when 5 lambs were born! I was off to a good start. Over the next few years I tried my hand at laying hens, meat chickens, pigs, and even raised a cow from a bottle.
By the time I graduated I had a flock of almost 20 sheep and raised several hundred broilers each year.
At this point I was ready to take my business to the next level, but I felt like I needed to know something more. That is when I decided to apply for an internship on a much larger farm so I could learn more about how to run a successful sustainable farm.
I was accepted into the internship program, and I sold my flock of sheep and spent a year on two different farms learning a lot about how to be a farmer.
When I came home in November of 2015 I started making plans to start up my new farm and that is when Growing Pastures Farm was born!
Now here I am. Farming here in central Virginia, doing my very best to produce food with integrity. From the pasture to the plate, my goal is to produce the best food that I can in the best way that I can.
It is a sad reality today that most people don’t know where their food comes from. But if you are reading this right now, then I know that you are one of the amazing people out there who want to take action to connect with those people who grow the food they eat.
So let’s connect! I want to learn more about you and what my farm and the food I produce can do for you. I want to connect with you, so to start, here is a FREE guide containing 3 tips for cooking healthy and delicious meals on a busy schedule. Simply click here to tell me where to send it!
I am excited to get to know more about you and how I, and the food I grow, can help you live a more healthy and fulfilling life!