Our family farm currently covers 60 acres in the southern Piedmont region of North Carolina. We are a Christian family of twelve that splits our time between work in education and work on the farm. Balancing farm and office work requires us to make adjustments to our plans and projects year by year so that our family grows responsibly. At times, we’ve run a completely self-sufficient farm, producing all of our own family food (milk, meat, vegetables, etc..), and at other times we’ve been consumed with office work and spend whole seasons off the farm. We believe that this balance is best for the family, and the community outside our family, but the farm is always the economic and cultural foundation, without which Christian culture quickly degenerates into shallow religious activity with no heart–or hands.
We have successfully raised and kept all kinds of livestock including Jersey cattle, Dexter cattle, Nubian goats, Boer goats, Katahdin sheep, Leicester Longwool sheep, Yorkshire pigs, and chickens. We’ve kept and worked with Percheron draft horses, but because of our need to get a lot of work done in limited windows of time on the farm, stick with tractors and machines. We raise pure-bred Great Pyrenees, which we have sold to farms all over the US. Whether it’s delivering calves, shearing sheep, castrating pigs, butchering small animals, hatching chicks, plowing with horses–you name it, we’ve done it.
Michael Family Farm is owned and operated by Mr. & Mrs. William Michael. We were high school sweethearts who have been married for 18 years and are the thankful parents of 10 beautiful children. We are Catholic Christians in the diocese of Charlotte, NC.
Mr. Michael has developed Michael Family Farm from scratch, clearing and developing one 15 acre property and converting another 45 acre property from an excavating business back to a working farm. He is a historian and classicist, having taught and published in the fields for almost 20 years and enjoys studying ancient/medieval natural philosophy. Before studying Classics, Mr. Michael studied biology at Rutgers University, and worked in laboratory research, which has helped greatly with the technical side of farming. Pictured, at left, is Mr. Michael sitting with baby Anna on the porch after a work day on the farm.
Mrs. Michael is a home-schooling mother of ten (7 boys, 3 girls), who runs a farm-supplied kitchen that serves over 20 people every day. She is a former elementary school teacher who left the classroom when her first child arrived in 2000. Since moving to the country, Mrs. Michael has studied historic housekeeping practices and maintains beautiful kitchen gardens here on the farm. She is a real expert in farm cooking, canning & preserving, and dairy products (cheese, yogurt, pudding, etc.). Pictured, at left, is Mrs. Michael in the kitchen garden.
If you have any questions about the farm or our products, please ask them on our Family Forum or send them to us. We will respond promptly and helpfully.
Mail: Michael Family Farm, 1621 Stack Road, Monroe, NC 28112