About Us

 

We purchased our farm in February 2005. The farmstead covers one hundred ten acres of woods, pastures and meadows on a ridge above the Muskingham River in Malta Ohio. Malta is nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

The first six years we owned the farm we were busy restoring the farmhouse and nine out buildings as well as erecting fencing in preparation for our livestock.

In 2011 we started our beehives. We added the rest of our livestock in 2013. We now have chickens, hogs, goats (both meat and dairy) and cattle in addition to the hives. We cannot forget our guard animals- one donkey, two dogs, and one barn cat.

Tom is in his third year of retirement from manufacturing. During his previous work life he traveled extensively throughout the world which provided him exposure to the lifestyles of various cultures. He found nearly all cultures in the world outside of North America and Western Europe ate goat meat. This started his interest in raising goats.

Tom has always had a love of gardening. His parents were both brought up on farms, his father in West Virginia and his mother in Kentucky. These experiences led to Tom's skills in managing the farm and garden.

Sherrie was raised in upstate New York. In 1972 she moved to Rhode Island for undergraduate school and stayed there for thirty years. After meeting Tom on the internet she moved to Ohio in 2002. With a graduate degree in clinical social work, Sherries skills are in assisting others to focus on balanced living emotionally, spiritually, physically and mentally. In addition, she is an active assistant with Tom on the farm.

 

Mission Statement

It is our plan to develop Gifts of Life Farmstead as a working farm that is a peaceful retreat and a retirement site. We will combine realistic restoration efforts with economical and profitable farming techniques. We will be responsible to maintain a clean environment and maintain a balance between farm production and wildlife habitat. We intend to avoid pesticides, chemicals and use organic methods where possible. Our goal is for the farm to produce retirement subsistence while providing beneficial support to our community, family and friends. It is our intent that anyone coming to Gifts of Life Farmstead will find a friendly, peaceful haven.