Barefoot All Natural Farm is the name we’ve given to our seven acre backyard farm in Athol, Massachusetts. We are new(ish) farmers, learning as we go.
After we had children, we became more aware of what we were putting into our bodies, how food got to our plate and even what happened in that cycle after we got up from the table. What we discovered is that it’s not always a pretty journey. We’ve set out to change that, at least in our own little world, and hope to inspire others to do the same.
We are committed to managing our plants and animals naturally and humanely, with a hands-on approach that allows for a personal connection with our local ecosystem. With a Bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology and Animal Studies, as well as 13+ years training assistance dogs, I have a good understanding of what animals need in order to remain healthy and happy. All of our animals are allowed to practice natural behaviors daily, such as foraging, exercising, socializing and (when appropriate) mating.
Our focus is to be as self-sufficient as possible, using as many of our own resources as we can in our products. When necessary, we supplement what we have with resources from other local farmers. Sustainability of our land and animals is of utmost importance to us. All animals are from heritage lines and retain characteristics necessary in order to live full, healthy lives.
We hope you tag along with us as we share our experiences and handmade products here.
Harley, Christy, Jacob and Kalina