My name is Sally. I grew up as a city girl in Atlanta, owned a floral design studio, and my only animals were two cats, Sophie and Max. I have always been in touch with feminine side. I walk naturally in heels, love manicures, and change décor for the seasons. I was happy living where I grew up with a man I love and our two beautiful children, owning my own business, and enjoying all that the city has to offer.
Then my partner said he wanted to get some land, which planted the seed of change in our lives. The next thing we knew, we had a homestead in Kentucky. Now I drive a truck instead of taking the subway, cultivate vegetables instead of floral arrangements, wear boots instead of heels, and have a steadily growing herd of dairy cows in addition to Sophie and Max. (I still do manicures, though they are now of the do-it-at-home variety because the nearest salon is fifty miles away!) This is not how I envisioned my life just a couple of years ago, but life on a farm is certainly not disappointing.
When my partner first said that he wanted some land, I thought he might mean getting a house in the suburbs so that our two young children could have a yard to play in when they got older. We talked about it and, well, one thing led to another. Before we knew it we were at an auction, bidding on acreage we hadn’t even seen. Our bid went through and suddenly we became proud owners of 120 acres of land in western Kentucky.
When we drove onto our farm for the first time, I fell in love. I have always lived in the city and thought of myself as a city girl, but life on the farm has its own beguiling charm. Though the nearest grocery stores and shopping outlets are pretty far away, we grow a lot of our own produce and eat fresher than we ever did in Atlanta. The farm has a lovely house, lots of trees, and the changing seasons are beautiful. Sometimes I miss the liveliness and excitement of the city, though the farm is exciting too. Just in a different way.
Sophie and Max made the move with us. Living in the city they were always indoor cats. Now Sophie loves the outdoors, while Max sticks to his old habits and stays inside. A couple of other cats and wandered into our happy home so now they are here to stay too. One of them even leaves “presents” of birds and mice on our front porch. At least we won’t have a pest problem with him around!
When we bought the farm at auction, we also bought twenty head of Holstein dairy cows. We figured that since we had a farm, we might as well get some animals to put on it! We didn’t know much about farm animal care, and it has been quite the learning experience. Though we didn’t know it at the time, one of the cows we bought was pregnant. One morning five months later, a calf appeared in the herd. Since then, we have been breeding our cows and have more than doubled their numbers. We get milk from our cows sometimes, when they do not have a calf to suckle.
Recently a neighbor sold us an American Landrace sow. She has been another learning experience, but what a darling she is! I never knew pigs could have so much personality. We are working on expanding our barn and hope to add more pigs and other critters in the near future.