On Capricorn Hill Farm the rooster’s crow before dawn. As the light slips over the hill and between the curtains we are dressing for the day. All the livestock are fed and watered, baby chicks are tended and the chicken pens are moved to clean ground before we sit down for breakfast. After the dew is off the grass we send the goats out to fresh pasture with their guardian dogs, laughing at the antics of the kids as they play and race along the way. Then we, too, spend the day out on the land mending fences, seeing to the livestock, tending the garden, making hay or on one of a hundred projects in the works.
Livestock chores are done again before dinner and include gathering the eggs, more feeding and watering, and making sure everyone has come in from the fields. We go to bed only after one last tour through the barns, making certain that all are well and comfortable. There was a time when most Americans lived like this. Small family farms were once the leading industry in America. That’s how folks made their living. They raised everything they ate, knew the value of what they were eating, understood soil and nature, and took nothing for granted. They were stewards of the land. They joined forces with all of the elements, in great respect.
The advent of World War II changed everything. Today, technology has become the way of life. Most people work hard and live fast-paced lives. They have learned how to manipulate their environments so they can get more done. Their recreation is technological, and they even vacation at technologically enhanced “super adventures”. Americans have come to feel uncomfortable on the land. Most Americans have even lost touch with how their food is produced or what constitutes healthy food. The groceries they consume are as technologically altered as the way these people live and are produced in the same assembly line manner as their cell phones. But not all Americans are unaware. We have found that some folks want to get back in touch with a more natural way of life.
They want to know that the food they consume has been raised with love and care. They want food rich in natural nutrients. They yearn for what their grandparents knew to be wholesome and good. Capricorn Hill Farm has become such a place. It’s almost like taking a step back in time. While we are utilizing some of what technology offers, we are doing so on a small family-run farm. We have a diverse farm plan where several species are “working together” in balance. We raise our livestock out in the fresh air and sunshine. They roam the fields and kick up their heels.