Sweet Meadows Farm was established in 2010 by the Valerie & Hannah Parker, a mother/daughter duo. Our family moved up from the suburbs of Atlanta in 2010 from a 1/4 acre, 1000 home golf course neighborhood to almost 12 acres in the beautiful Champlain Valley of Vermont where there are more cows than people! We wanted to go back to more of the basics, and so we began our journey! Traditional foods and preparations, homesteading, permaculture and the holistic raising and rearing of farm animals. We do not take our goals lightly, but with a very serious focus on doing everything in the best possible interest of the environment and nature, and also each and every animal in our care which we consider part of the family. Our animals are all well loved and doted on, and have very loving temperaments. That is really important to us. Our kids are dam raised as nature intended and handled from birth, creating healthy and incredibly friendly homestead animals. We pride ourselves in being able to help new goat owners get started with goats. We purchased a new home on 22 acres in the rolling hills of Bell Buckle, TN in November of 2021 and have plans to build a bigger permaculture farm, along with some other neat projects, very soon. It is such a welcoming, beautiful community in sweet Bell Buckle! And so Sweet Meadows Farm now consists of our original farm in Vermont (The Farm) and our new permaculture farm project down in Tennessee, dedicated to Christ and fittingly called "Southern Cross". Stay tuned for some exciting announcements soon!
We test every 18-24 months for CAE, CL, Johne's and manage our herd with holistic practices. We last tested the entire herd on 6-21-21 and all came back negative (see results under Herd Health)! We utilize strictly organic and permaculture methods in growing food and always strive to improve the natural world and habitats vs. tearing them down. We utilize holistic practices with our animals with the belief that less is better with conventional medicine. We do have a skilled large animal vet as well. The rest of the farm clan includes Swedish Flower hens, four kitties, two Holland Lops, and Annie the farm dog (Shih Tzu). Our little farm is a slice of heaven with its double rainbows and four leaf clovers everywhere, and God has blessed our family in so many ways. We look forward to sharing our passion with you!