I figured this blog would mainly serve as a means for you to get to know us better. Know your farmer, know your food kinda thing. This blog will also have some farming info, daily life stuff, and some recipes that incorporate our products. Lets start at the beginning and review how Charles and I met. Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down…. Just kidding. Met a boy, moved across the country, got married, and started a farm is the overall synopsis. But it has been a looooooong journey.
Charles and I met in 1998, in English 101 class at Mesa Community College. We had both just graduated high school. Charles wanted to get out of his small town and exerience something different. His older brother had some friends who were attending ASU and looking for a roommate, so that’s how he ended up in AZ. Such a big, brave move! I had finally gotten my drivers liscense and a car at 18. Those were my big events at the time. :) Anyways, I sat in front of him in our class and on the day he asked my out, I was wearing a Meadowood Farm shirt ( I have no idea what farm this is or where I even got the shirt ). Being that he was a farm boy himself (his family owns Franwood Farms in New Market, VA), I think the shirt stuck out to him. God works in mysterious ways. I whole heartedly believe that God meant for Charles to be my husband but like I mentioned, our journey was a long one and God had a lot work to do.
I agreed to go out with him and was super excited about it. I had him pick me up at my BFF’s so she could size him up and give me her thoughts. She approved. He took me to Outback, where I probably ate more than him, and we’ve been together ever since! Kinda. We dated for a few months – broke up – got back together, he moved back to VA – I followed – we broke up – I moved back to AZ – got back together – a year later I got into JMU – so I moved back with the intention of getting my degree and then getting married. We got married in 2006, 8 and a half years after our first date. Reading back on this, I have no idea if anybody would be interested in our history – but i'm gonna keep going. Join me if you wish. Anywho, marriage is hard. It’s kind of a miracle that we made it this far, but God had plans for us and we could’nt stay away from each other. We really do have a solid foundation and love each other dearly.
Charles came up with the idea of starting a farm of our own. We both agreed that it would be nice to grown our own food. I believe that food is medicine, and somehow over time big pharma has kinda taken over that role. At the time I was doing In-home therapy for a local counseling center which consumed a huge majority of my time and was emotionally draining, so it was a nice little outlet. We started off with two bottle baby lambs and some rabbits. Charles also started a pretty big garden – which I miss. I'm in charge of the garden now and I do not have his green thumb. Charles seeks out farming info from various sources and has been completely self taught in everything we do. It’s extremely admirable. We have gradually grown over the past few years and currently have about 50 head of cattle, 30 sheep, 100 chickens and 30 turkeys. Charles and I are both really big animal lovers, and it’s nice to know that our animals live good, happy lives. We have been very blessed and I love our life.
So one thing you’ll learn about me, is that I love pictures. So each post may have a bunchhhhhh. I’d much rather see something, then read about it. Especially directions, just show me. I love Instagram (@mrslongrootsfarm). If you are familiar with Instagram, you know the search section where they recommend videos and pictures that you might like? It always recommends cookie and cake decorating videos for me. I could watch that shit for hours.
Here is our story in pictures….