After one too many years of city living, James and Eileen Ray came to realize that true fulfillment lay in their rural roots. "Although we had achieved our childhood dreams, we weren't really as happy as we had anticipated. We were really just working to pay the rent. That wasn't how we wanted to spend the rest of our lives," says Eileen. In early 2012, the couple moved from New York City to beautiful Lebanon, Tennessee, where they settled on a farm with their young son. Although they founded Little Seed Farm with just two goats and zero farming experience, they now own 30+ goats, one of the only 100% grassfed herds in the entire country. Today, they craft raw milk cheeses, humanely and sustainably raised meats, and organic skincare products on the farm.
From planting to harvest, James and Eileen strive to use traditional, sustainable farming methods. They sew rich pastures and healing herbs for their animals, all of which live outdoors with plentiful access to the clean, open air. Like in a classic, storybook farm, their dairy goats are left to thrive in warm sunlight, their pigs root and wallow in mud, and their beef cows happily graze the green grass. “We believe our alternative farming model can provide the community with healthier food and the knowledge that it was produced humanely and responsibly,” explains James. The duo hopes that their daring, deeply fulfilling shift from city to country inspires others to pursue their own dreams--whether or not those dreams involve milking goats and collecting chicken eggs!