Lori Rutledge woke up one morning and told her husband Steve that they would find land for their farm that would be surrounded by mountains. Steve was teaching classics at the University of Maryland and any farmland near there certainly had no mountains, so they had a good laugh and continued on.
Steve grew up in Oregon and family business brought them back to Oregon for an extended stay. The search for farmland continued and Lori knew this was the place as soon as they pulled up. Set on a rise in Sheridan on clear days they can see the snow-capped mountains of the Cascades as well as the closer Coastal Range….their 18 acres are surrounded by mountains. With 13 acres in oak stand conservation, they are enjoying developing Dancing Faun Farm.
The land was previously owned by a master gardener and artist, so the landscaping around the house is gorgeous but to become the Dancing Faun Farm the place needed fences, sheds, and raised beds to win the battle with the voles.
Neither had any hands on farming experience, but they were excited. As they say, “Very simply, the land was calling, stewardship of animals beckoned, and it was easy to slip on the muck boots.” They spent a while building fences, sheds for the goats, chickens and hogs, and, fighting the voles and other ground critters, raised beds for the gardens. Steve proudly conquered the learning curve on building skills, something a classics professor does not require.
Dancing Faun Farm raises dairy goats, chickens, and ducks, as well as vegetables and fruit. The regulations that deal with goat milk have gotten Lori researching about cheese and soap making as they can not sell the milk at this point. They have used it themselves and also fed some to the hogs they have raised. They will be raising more hogs and can accept subscriptions at this time for whole or half hogs that will be ready in November.
The layers are free ranging, enjoying the large fenced pastures. Several chicken tractors are moved twice a day to provide fresh feeding areas for the birds. The grass growth in the pasture shows the effectiveness of the manure byproduct.
Dancing Faun Farm will have a booth at the McMinnville Farmers Market starting Thursday, May 22. Come get your chicken, eggs and more there. Meet Lori and Steve and get to know your farmer!!
Dancing Faun Farm 17220 Pleasant Hill Road Sheridan , OR , 97378
Phone: 301-461-8259 http://dancingfaunfarm.com firstname.lastname@example.org