About

I have lived in central Iowa for almost my entire life.  I received my education at the local community college and Iowa State University, where I earned my BA in English in 1993.  In 2009, I completed my MA in Education.  I have been a teacher for the last sixteen years, teaching English, social studies and special education.  I raised one son, who still lives at home.  I have enjoyed living on a small acreage for the last eleven years.  It was the perfect place to raise a son and collect a large animal family of cats, dogs, goats, an ox and his companion cow, chickens, ducks, geese, peafowl, and a llama.  This past March, I was fortunate enough to purchase the sixty-eight acres that surround me.  I am now working to make my dream of being a full time farmer come true.  One important aspect of my vision is to create a beautiful haven  in the country for others to experience.  Along with the livestock, cropland, hay, and pasture this will include an on-farm market, orchards, winery, and an events center.  This blog is a chronicle of the progress, trials, and everyday events along the way.  Even though I am the owner of the farm, truly my entire family is a part of making the farm run and the dream come true.

I Am

I am a goat herder, a nature lover, a tree-hugger.

I wonder if goats see in vivid Technicolor or if their lives are grayscale.

I hear the crying of the Earth as we pollute and destroy her natural beauty.

I want to spend my days surrounded by the beauty of the natural world.

I am a goat herder, a nature lover, a tree-hugger.

I pretend my animals are the teachers and ponder the lessons they would teach.

I feel the love Millie has for her new born kid and her entire family circle.

I touch the souls of my loved ones and know their feelings.

I worry about what the world will look like in ten, fifteen, or twenty years.

I cry at the thought of plants and animals being recklessly destroyed.

I am a goat herder, a nature lover, a tree-hugger.

I understand the fear of trying, the sadness of failure, and the joy of success.

I say we can make amazing and wonderful things happen if we put our minds to task.

I dream of soaring with eagles, swimming with fish, and running with cheetahs.

I try to live a green life to inspire others to do the same.

I hope we can change our destructive habits and live in harmony with our Mother Earth.

I am a goat herder, a nature lover, a tree-hugger.

 

Farmer

Jeremy:  Jeremy grew up helping on the family farm, so he has years of experience with crops and cattle.  He has been hired to custom farm the crops.  He also works for a tiling business and has worked in management positions in Hilton hotels.  He graduated from MCC with an AA degree where he studied carpentry.  This broad experience base combined with his love of talking and being social makes Jeremy a valuable asset.

Laborer

Brandon:  Brandon grew up on the farm and has lots of experience.  He is currently attending college at Iowa State University.  He is part of the brain trust that generates ideas.  He is great in helping research and motivate to make those ideas a reality.  He is the taskmaster and organizer.  He’s always there to help whether it’s outside in the fields, with the animals, or making wine.

 

Forced Laborer

Caleb:  Teresa’s son, Caleb, has been pressed into labor since they moved to the acreage and began raising animals.  He helps with those two-man jobs like trimming hooves, fixing fence, and making hay.  He has been working with Jeremy in the tiling business and helping his uncle farm.  He graduated from DMACC in May, 2010 as a mechanic.  He also provides great creativity and problem solving skills.

Mom

Pauline: Pauline is the artist of the family.  She is vital in many of the craft items.  She is the one that taught Teresa canning, sewing, and crafting.  She is always there to help with crafts, artistic endeavors of all kinds, canning, gardening, bottle feeding kids, and pitching in anywhere she is needed.
Dad

James: Jim is retired from the Sheriff’s Department, but that just gives him more time to work at other things.  He is experienced in carpentry, having built several houses on his own.  He brings those skills to salvaging buildings, repairing buildings, and helping with all kinds of projects.  He has become the chainsaw master, helping to clean up the fields and pastures.  He does wood crafts and designed and built our wine rack.  He is a lender of tools and financial support.

 

 

68 Responses to “About”

  1. Cannwin July 29, 2010 at 7:33 pm #

    Central Iowa would put you not very far from me up here in South Dakota…but I’ve only lived here for two years. I love it though! Except the mosquito’s, I hate the mosquito’s.

    • Teresa July 29, 2010 at 8:10 pm #

      I do think life would be better without mosquitos and flies! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. mlkabik August 10, 2010 at 10:56 pm #

    What makes your piece work here is the voice of experience that comes through. Whereas someone else writing the lines:

    I hear the crying of the Earth as we pollute and destroy her natural beauty.

    I want to spend my days surrounded by the beauty of the natural world.

    would come off as pretentious or uninspired, you carry the weight of the words solely on your life, and it works really well.

    I generally have a hard time with pieces that use a repeating line (just a personal preference, I’m sure), but I think it works for this one. It comes off as a refrain to your voice, like watching the wheat in a field bounce back after a breeze pushed it to the side.

    Very well done, thank you for the visit and thanks for posting this.

  3. revbillcook August 25, 2010 at 9:54 pm #

    I enjoy your blog and your farm. If you were in NJ I’d drive by. – Bill

    • Teresa August 25, 2010 at 10:07 pm #

      Thanks so much for stopping and leaving a comment. I’m glad you enjoy.

  4. ReadersHeaven September 23, 2010 at 1:30 am #

    Hi, nice to meet you !

    • Teresa September 23, 2010 at 7:10 am #

      Thanks for stopping by.

  5. tracyhsays September 24, 2010 at 3:51 pm #

    This is a groovy site…I like chickens…wish I had a couple. Your farm looks like a great place. Love the photos too. Thanks for visiting my little blog 🙂

    • Teresa September 24, 2010 at 7:10 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it.

  6. fiveloaf September 29, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    i am adding you into my blogroll teresa- feel free to add me too!

  7. Luke Prater October 11, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

    I feel you, Teresa. Your poem about yourself really touched me. We have a lot in common in ethos/lifestyle ethic. Love yr blog. Well met, my friend

  8. Giovanni October 18, 2010 at 10:35 pm #

    An absolutely beautiful and honest expression of who you are. I got lost in your blog, your farm and everything that you live to be. Kudos to you!

  9. WordsWorthMillions November 15, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

    Awww…I am in love with your farm. The animals look very happy. You have got a very beautiful farm there. And your blog too.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog. 🙂

    • Teresa November 15, 2010 at 10:24 pm #

      I’m glad they look happy; I would probably say spoiled!

  10. liv2write2day November 29, 2010 at 7:14 pm #

    What a beautiful story, Teresa. I love that you are so able to live close to nature and the earth.

  11. Alica January 10, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    I just happened upon your blog today, and I love it!
    We are on a small dairy in PA, and I’ve just started blogging this past year. We just had some fencing re-done, and our 11 year old has her heart set on a goat, so I’m looking at yours with interest!

    • Teresa January 10, 2011 at 11:59 am #

      Glad you found my blog! I do think goats are the best!

  12. jo©o March 7, 2011 at 6:25 am #

    It sounds as if you have managed to surround yourself with lovely people. Idyllic life style. Love some of your lines which are eminently quotable.

    • Teresa March 7, 2011 at 7:04 am #

      Thank you so much.

  13. Rosie March 14, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    Glad to meet you and your farm-family. You have a lifestyle that can be made into a television series. Wow!
    Your most recent post, Kidding’ – spectacular!
    Rosie

    • Teresa March 14, 2011 at 8:55 am #

      Thank you for stopping by. I really do love living out here and sharing my stories and pictures.

  14. Amila March 14, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    Hi, I’m very impressed with your work. The world today could do with a lot of nature lovers like you. I would love to keep and live in a lovely farm like yours too. Best wishes for achieving your goals.!

    • Teresa March 14, 2011 at 10:56 am #

      Thank you so much. It’s nice to hear that people enjoy what I do here.

  15. roundrockgarden April 5, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    I love your blog! It looks like you have a lot going on – and that you’re well on your way to being a full-time farmer. I really like your photos, too. The goats are precious! 🙂 I think it’s great that you want to create an attractive place in the country for people to visit and witness firsthand the joys of farming/gardening/being with animals. Continued luck and success to you!

    • Teresa April 5, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

      Thank you. I do appreciate your visit.

  16. Saun in Ohio August 19, 2011 at 11:17 pm #

    Well I’ve been roaming around your blog for about 30 minutes love it. We have some things in common I work with special needs children and I have a son named Caleb. I would like to live on a small farm one day. But until then I will just have to live the farm life vicariously through your blog ha ha Take care and have a great weekend!

    • Teresa August 20, 2011 at 7:56 am #

      So glad you’ve enjoyed your visit. There is nothing better than life on a farm. Hope you get yours soon. Have a good school year!

  17. Misty Dawn September 3, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    Great to find your blog. Hubs and I are beef farmers in north-central Missouri. We used to have dairy cattle and sheep in Ohio before we moved to Missouri in 2007.

    • Teresa September 3, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

      So glad you stopped by. I only have one cow, but I do love cattle. They are so sweet.

  18. thegirlandthegoats January 30, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

    I think your site is absolutely beautiful. I look forward to more posts from you, and as a fellow goat lover, large animal veterinary student, and girlfriend of an organic farmer in WI, HOORAH for getting some spectacular land and putting some wonderful animals on it!

    • Teresa January 31, 2012 at 6:17 am #

      How exciting! I might have to whisper some ideas into your head to ponder as a vet.

  19. Donna Shuey March 10, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    Teresa, I am so impressed. Didn’t realize what all you were doing. Wonderful job. I will visit again.

    • Teresa March 10, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

      Thanks. It’s why nobody ever sees me. I’m just in my own little world out here. 🙂

  20. The Sugarlump June 22, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

    Hey there!

    I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Please see your link here: http://thesugarlump.com/2012/06/22/the-lovely-blogger-award/

    Best wishes 🙂
    Sugarlump

    • Teresa June 22, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

      Thank you so much. I appreciate the kind thought.

  21. Virginia (Smith) Fuhs July 3, 2012 at 12:03 am #

    Hi Teresa,
    I accidentally stumbled on your site and wanted to say hello, even though I’ve been so horrible at keeping in touch! So glad that things are going well for you and your farm seems like a terrific project. Hope those Central Iowa folks are all healthy and happy.
    All the best from your cousin,
    Virginia

    • Teresa July 3, 2012 at 7:30 am #

      So glad to hear from you. We are all hanging in there. Hope all is well for you!

  22. Monica Ryman August 7, 2012 at 11:45 pm #

    I LOVE all of this!! I am also a huge animal and nature lover! Thanks for sharing your experiences.

    • Teresa August 8, 2012 at 8:14 am #

      Truly, it is my pleasure to share my experiences on the farm.

  23. munchtalk September 4, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    You live in Iowa!!! 🙂 I wonder if you live far from me. I just moved here with my husband. We live in West Des Moines. Let me know….I’ve been looking for somewhere to get raw milk. 🙂 It’s nice to find another local blogger!!

    http://www.munchtalk.net

    • Teresa September 4, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

      I am about an hour from W. Des Moines. Welcome to the area! I wish I could sell you milk, but I am not approved to sell my milk for human consumption. Something about the outside milking tells me they wouldn’t let me if I did ask. 🙂 There is a farmer’s market in Des Moines. I know there’s a goat dairy over in your area too. They might sell fresh milk.

  24. Johanna Castro (@JohannaACastro) September 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    I loved this poem you wrote about yourself. I live in Australia, and I’m not a goat herder, but it resonated on many levels 🙂

  25. Jim October 25, 2012 at 4:23 am #

    Hi Teresa ~~ You have a nice farm and a nice blog. It is almost like ‘coming home’ to me. I grew up on a farm in the hills in eastern Nebraska about 35 miles north of Omaha. I took voc ag in high school after I went to town (Tekamah) high school. My first two years of high school were at a country school three miles south of our home. Most days I rode my horse, Minnie, to school those two years. Once in a while I bicycled.

    I really thank you for sharing your farm with us. Especially the goats I enjoy reading about because we didn’t have them on our farm. We share crop rented 120 acres from my grandfather. My sister lives in eastern Iowa, in Center Point. Mrs. Jim and I are retired from the schools. That means fixed income and drastic cuts in our Social Security in Texas.
    ..

    • Teresa October 25, 2012 at 6:54 am #

      Glad to hear you enjoy reading about my farm. I never had goats until about nine years ago, and I just love them. Being smaller, they are easier for me to handle than cattle. I can’t imagine life off the farm now.

  26. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman January 8, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    Your pictures of beautiful. I am a city gal and have always been drawn to farms. You really have captured the beauty of a life I have always admired. I look forward to following your blog and enjoying your articles and pictures. TBN Ranch recommended we visit and I am so glad she did. 🙂 Blessings – Patty

    • Teresa January 8, 2013 at 11:47 am #

      Thanks so much!

  27. Kim Brody January 15, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    Your website is awesome and you sound like a wonderful person. Thanks for sharing your soap recipe. I am going to try making soap for the first time and was looking for some recipes to start with. I particularly want to make sure I get the lye to oil ratio right. I love animals and the environment, too. Keep up the good work!

    • Teresa January 15, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

      Thanks. I hope you soap turns out well. I haven’t been brave enough to try making my own recipe yet.

  28. hopesquires February 1, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    The goats in the header are adorable. One of my favorite sights is watching young goats gallop and prance together. I’m a city girl but live near a university that has excellent vet and ag programs, and so I don’t have to drive far to see baby goats. What’s your favorite part of being a goat herder?

    • Teresa February 1, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

      I’m not sure I can say what my favorite part is. I love the miracle of birth, watching kids play, milking, seeing them happy and beautiful as adults. I just love it.

  29. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman February 13, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    It is my honor to have nominated you for the Liebster Award – you can find the award by going to: http://thoughtsfromanamericanwoman.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/liebster-award/

    • Teresa February 13, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

      Thanks. I am truly touched that you would think of me.

      • Patty B February 15, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

        I was happy to – I enjoy reading your blog and learning all about goats! 😉 Your pictures are breathtaking.

  30. Ajita May 29, 2013 at 1:04 am #

    Hey Teresa, I have been reading up on your blogs since a couple days, for pure joy that they bring…I am a farmer’s daughter myself and although I live in a concrete jungle, I have a dream of owning a place like yours, over the years…so this gives me immense joy! Please keep writing!

    • Teresa May 29, 2013 at 6:44 am #

      Thanks, Ajita. It’s nice to hear you are enjoying your visits!

  31. Asif July 6, 2013 at 5:54 am #

    Teresa,
    Its a wonderful experience one can ever have spending his day in the farm like you have got. especially with chickens, ducks, goats and offcourse Orchards. You are a person with the nature alive in your heart thats y you encourage the same.
    I wish i can also have the same if not same but still a lil bit.
    Anyways! Kindly try to share more pictures of where chickens, goats & ducks stay at night & in day as well.

    Regards!
    Asif
    India

    • Teresa July 6, 2013 at 9:14 am #

      Thanks for your nice comment. I’ll have to remember your request.

  32. kristen L August 6, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    I’ve followed your facebook page and just realized your in iowa! I am in Illinois but am desperately wanting to return to my home state of IA. But finding a place with a small a little land for my goats is difficult. I look everyday. I hope to be back soon!!!!! Love your page.

    • Teresa August 6, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

      Glad you’re enjoying my farm. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere but Iowa. Hope you find a place soon.

  33. The Belmont Rooster September 28, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

    Great blog you have here. I think I will folow so I can keep up with your new posts!

    • Teresa September 28, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

      Glad you’ve enjoyed your visit. I do post every day.

  34. Kathy April 25, 2014 at 11:21 pm #

    Just found your blog and love it. Tons of great info, too. I’ve got Nigerian dwarfs, FF who just kidded and we’re lovin our goats!

    • Teresa April 26, 2014 at 6:50 am #

      They really are fun creatures! Glad you liked your visit.

  35. The Adventures of Canon 1100D July 15, 2015 at 5:03 pm #

    Hi Teresa, thanks for stopping by my blog. I noticed you liked my facebook page (I think that was you); I just wanted to say that I really appreciate it. You have the honour of being my first follower from wordpress!

    • Teresa July 15, 2015 at 5:10 pm #

      I just stopped by, and I love the images you had on there. Of course, I had to like it!

  36. Robyn Nichols July 1, 2017 at 4:08 pm #

    I too teach English and have chickens and a duck. Your blog is one of my favorite, and I hope you see the dream of becoming a full time farmer!

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