Big Oak Homestead is a small local farm that does things a little bit differently than other farms that you know of. The founders of Big Oak Homestead, Clay and Jonathan, have built a small farm that is meant to mirror the principals of permaculture. –Check out what Permaculture is by clicking HERE– It is our belief that by following these guidelines we can produce a superior product for your kitchen table while at the same time increase the fertility of the land that we use to grow on for future generations.
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There is a reason why the tag line of Big Oak Homestead is “Responsible, Sustainable, Local Farming”. Normally farms do not have tag lines associated with their name. We wanted Big Oak Homestead to be something that stood out for the good in agriculture. Not only do we want to make sure that you have good food on your table for a reasonable price but we want you to know what goes into making this food.
We feel that it is our responsibility to make sure that the land that we farm is suitable for future generations to grow crops on. I don’t want my children or grandchildren to have to work hard to fix the problems that I made by spraying chemicals and destroying the land that they want to grow on. At Big Oak Homestead, we feel that it is our responsibility to make the land better than how we left it.
I personally disagree with genetically altering the food that we eat so that it is resistant to the poison that we spray onto them. I find it repugnant to create a plant that emits its own poison to kill the bug that sits on it and then tell the public that buys the plant to just “wash off the vegetable” before you eat it to take care of the poison. I find it completely disgusting how animals are treated in the massive grow houses where they are forced to lay eggs year round or forced to grow beyond what the frame of the chicken’s body will hold. Not only is this a crime against nature, but it is not sustainable. The way that plants and animals are raised here are in a way that promotes sustainability. If you are interested in knowing HOW we are sustainable in our farming practices, you can look at the video blog that we keep at Big Oak Homestead Youtube Channel.
When you visit Big Oak Homestead you will know really quick why the name Big Oak was chosen as the name. In the back yard of the main property there is a pin oak tree that is estimated to be over 400 years old! Think about it this way, this one tree was established around the 1600’s (before we were a nation). We felt like that was a very well chosen name for the land.
We could have called it a farm, farmstead, or just about anything else but we decided on homestead. Why is that? To keep up with the growing demand for power and resources, farms have become more and more mechanized. Huge tractors, air planes to spray the fields, and machines that do most of the work is the normal picture when you get into farming. Looking back at the traditional “Homestead” you would find that most of the work done is by hand or by animal. With the way that we use a natural symbiotic relationship between plant, animal, and human we are making a valiant effort to keep our business small scale and hands on. Again, if you are interested in the long conversation about WHY we do what we do, please check out our YouTube videos on why we do the things we do.
Jonathan moved to North Carolina from New Jersey in 2005. He moved originally to open a boarding kennel for dogs. In New Jersey, Jonathan was apprentice training and fell in love with the world of canines. Today, he and his family own Happy Tails Kennel which they have run successfully for over 11 years. Jonathan has extensive experience training and handling all types of dogs. Living in the country he has gained an enormous amount of appreciation for the outdoors and respect for a lost way of life that can support his family and local community. Jonathan holds two degrees from The College Of New Jersey in computer science and communications -television, radio, and film. His love of technology drives him to modernize the homestead concepts and help connect the community so everyone can benefit. He concentrates on indoor gardening and hydroponic systems to help bring fresh produce to the kitchen year round using modern growing techniques. Always the student, Jonathan is open to learning new concepts and trying different methods that others may consider unconventional.
Ever since Clay was a small boy, living beside his grandfather’s farm, he wanted to one day own own farm. It wouldn’t be until May of 2014 until the dream would be obtainable. Immediately after moving his family and himself into the old farm house he started to work on building a farm. At first the effort was just to grow food that was tastier than what was sold in stores but then grew into an idea to grow the homestead into a business. Ever since he has worked diligently to learn more about how to grow food by using the principals of permaculture.
Ziva is a Belgium German Shepard that Clay and his wife adopted a few years ago. After a little bit of training and some work getting her used to the animals on the homestead, she has turned out to be a great addition to the staff. Her job is to keep a watch out for animals that come around that aren’t supposed to be here. Living in the country has its major benefits but also has its drawbacks. Coyotes, stray dogs, stray cats, squirrels, and anything else that can harm or damage crops are deterred by her. On the other hand, she is as sweet as she can be and loves belly pets! Make sure, if you have the opportunity, to come up and pet her.
Baxter is the original dog to Big Oak Homestead. He is a Beagle with a nose for rodents and stray chicks.
When my younger chicks were escaping into the wrong paddocks a few years back –What is a Paddock and why do we use them?– Baxter would be sent in to round them up and put them back
in the correct area. He also has one of the most powerful noses in the animal kingdom and we can use that to our benefit on the farm. He can smell out small rodents and escaped birds when needed which really helps during the time of year that we could have rodent problems. If you were ever looking for a more lovable and loyal dog, Baxter the beagle is the one for the job!