Over a decade ago, three generations of my family made the life changing decision to move from our home in Kansas to the Seacoast of New Hampshire. A few years later, we purchased what was then an abandoned farm and began the difficult work of bringing it back to life. It’s no coincidence that it is located a mere 100 miles from the dairy farm that my great grandparents proudly called home. Each year, we find ourselves producing more of our own food. In 2010, we added the original flock of heritage breed hens to our farm and built our own chicken coop. In 2011, we added two Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats and a French Angora rabbit to our barn. In 2012, we added bantam chickens to the landscape of our farm. Our farmyard is currently home to 17 heritage breed hens, three dairy goats, and our French Angora rabbit. At 1840 Farm, we also tend a large heirloom vegetable garden as well as blueberry and raspberry fields. In 2012, we made our own maple syrup for the first time, collecting 123 pounds of maple sap before boiling it down into syrup. During the same year, we collected over 72 dozen eggs and harvested 300 pounds of organically grown fruits and vegetables from our gardens. Following the birth of our first goat kids in October of 2011, we officially became dairy farmers. Since then, we have been collecting and enjoying raw goat’s milk every day. I spend my days living and writing about my passion to embrace the traditions of my past. I am equally at ease with a hammer in my hand as I am a rolling pin or a pair of knitting needles. I wasn’t raised to be a farmer and I would have never imagined that I would feel the gravitational pull to live a country cottage farming lifestyle. Yet here I am, living on a farm with my parents, husband, and two children. Today, it is hard for me to imagine living any other way. Producing our own food has provided my family with the freshest ingredients at their seasonal best. More importantly, my children have learned the true value of the food they eat. They understand the hours of labor required to bring fresh food to our family table. Our daily harvest of fresh eggs, milk, and fruits and vegetables produced right outside our farmhouse door provide me with a constant source of culinary inspiration. I have a particular interest in the farm to table movement. I am passionate about strengthening the symbiotic relationship between the small farmers who produce seasonal goods and the home cooks and professional chefs who utilize them. I count myself lucky to live in a community that embraces this relationship. I feel even more fortunate to live this food centered life with my family and share the journey with my readers. I live and write at the intersection of family, food, and farming and share the experience with my readers on my blog at www.1840Farm.com. I am proud to be a contributing member of the Culinary Content Network for The Daily Meal.