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.
The Michael Family
Michael Family Farm is owned and operated by Mr. & Mrs. William Michael. We were high school sweethearts who have been married for 20 years and are the thankful parents of 10 beautiful children. We are Catholic Christians in the diocese of Charlotte, NC.
I have developed the 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. I am usually busy behind the scenes managing farm business and gardens–or teaching. I am a historian and classicist, having taught and published in the fields for almost 20 years, but I plan to slowly shift from academic work to farming and gardening over time (if God allows me to). Before studying Classics, I studied biology at Rutgers University, and worked in laboratory research, which has helped greatly with the technical side of farming. Pictured, at left, is me sitting on the porch with my baby girl, Anna, after a summer day putting up pasture fencing.
Mrs. Michael is a home-schooling mother of ten (7 boys, 3 girls), whom you’ll usually be speaking with when you contact or visit the farm. 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 keeps the hens and children 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 out back on a walk with baby Anna.
The Michael Kids
When you visit the farm, you’ll get to meet our ten children–seven boys and three girls, ages 18 down to 3–who help on the farm whenever they get a break from studies. Our children are normally the ones who serve visiting customers, load hay, etc.
When you visit, feel free to bring your children along and introduce yourselves.