Greg is a native of Howard County, Maryland. His family has lived there since at least the mid 1800's. His great grandparents and other family members owned several small farms in the West Friendship area, so farming is in his blood. His grandfather was an avid gardener while Greg was growing up, and taught him well. After being born in Boston and spending my early childhood in Michigan, I grew up in the Maryland suburbs, but always wanted to live on a farm.
While we knew we wanted to have a farm someday, we weren't sure exactly sure what form it would take. Fate intervened in the form of the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. We attended the Festival in 1982 (mostly because the admission was free) and became hooked on sheep. We had the good fortune to meet Spencer and Marianne Franklin of Homestead Hill Farm in Harwood, Maryland, who allowed us to help with their flock of Romney sheep on the weekends. With encouragement from Marianne and her sister Marge, I learned to spin and purchased my first spinning wheel. Later, I gave Greg a gift certificate for spinning lessons at The Weavers Place and he also learned to spin. Even though we still didn't own any sheep, we joined the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival committee in 1988 and the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association in 1990.
Our farming experience started in earnest while we were living in a townhouse in Columbia, Maryland. We purchased our first sheep, a Romney ewe who we named "Rhiannon", in 1989 and boarded her at Konstant Kaos farm in Lisbon, Maryland. An angora rabbit named "Bunny Boy" soon took up residence in our basement.
Our dream of having a farm finally came true in 1992, when we purchased 4 1/2 acres in Westminster, Maryland. In addition to the sheep, we started growing about an acre of vegetables. There was never any question that right from the start we wanted to use only organic methods and wanted to sell directly to the customer. We were passionate about local produce before the term even existed! We did our first farmers market in 1994 and have been at the Downtown Westminster Farmer’s Market since its inception. (We are the only original vendor left!) Somewhere along the way we added chickens and a greenhouse. Greg started farming full time in 1997, while I continued to commute to my full time job as a computer specialist at the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn.
In 2010, we turned the page on new chapter when we purchased a 25 acre farm just five miles away, and moved the entire enterprise (including the sheep and the greenhouse!) to its current location. Things changed yet again when I retired from my day job at the end of January, 2014. I look forward to finally being able to share in the day to day farming activities, build up my fiber business, and possibly even open an on-farm fiber shop and studio, making it possible to buy directly from the farm (you can't get any more local than that!)