My wife, Dania, and I moved to Monroe, NC in 2005, after my parents retired here and bought some land. We were both raised in New Jersey and studied Classics at Rutgers University. I taught Latin, History and Rhetoric at Charlotte Christian after we moved down here, before starting my own educational publishing business, the Classical Liberal Arts Academy, which has allowed me to work from home with my wife since 2008. We live a quiet, private life tucked away in the woods on peaceful farm where we keep a beautiful herd of Jersey dairy cows, Dexter and Angus beef cattle, Yorkshire pigs and more.
We are a Christian family and, having two teachers in the house, you can assume that we have home-schooled all of our children. In fact, for a few years, we operated a small private school and hosted boys from around the country for studies. We have ten children–7 boys and 3 girls. Our oldest son, Jonathan, is 19 is a Military Police officer in the US Army Reserves studying Criminal Justice, and our youngest daughter, Anna, is 4.
Our interest is studying historic farming methods that had been sustained for centuries and drawing from that wisdom and experience to build our own sustainable farm. As a classicist, I enjoy reading ancient natural history and medicine, and the agricultural works of Vergil, Cato, Varro, Columella and Paladius. Believe it or not, a lot of what we do is taken from the Bible. We also enjoy borrowing from the Christian traditions of the Moravians, Benedictines and Franciscans, as well as the Amish and third world farmers who do many things on a small scale and have preserved much of the wisdom of their agricultural ancestors. At the same time, we respect the benefits of modern technology and try to find a happy balance between the two.
We’ve slowly been opening up to the public as our farm development has progressed and we’ve transitioned slowly from full-time educational work to more and more farm work. We believe that we have a lot to offer other families and look forward to meeting visitors here at the farm and at the local farmers markets which we plan to attend.
God bless you all,
Bill Michael, Owner
Michael Family Farm