With Kimberly and Brian harry
Kim and Brian are first generation farmers and have lived on this farm with their family for 12 years. They bought it in 2007 because they wanted to pursue a different lifestyle for their family. It took a leap of faith and a dose of insanity to commit to caring for such a large farm, but they are so glad they now care for this piece of Heaven on Earth.
Kim’s background is in veterinary medicine, which comes in very handy on the farm.
One of the things she loves most about her farm is the opportunity to work with such a large variety of animals, being able to provide them with an environment where they are allowed to be… animals!
Brian’s background lies in the computer industry. His organizational and prioritization skills are mandatory to managing the never-ending list of things to do. Fortunately, Brian loves working outside where he spends much of his time.
The Minka Farm orchard is a source of many fruits: apples, blueberries, pears, jujubes, muscadines, Asian persimmons, figs and pawpaws. They also raise cows, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and pigs as livestock and keep horses and donkeys around for fun.
Visitors to the farm are welcome but need a reservation. Come prepared to learn! Not only do Brian and Kim enjoy sharing the beauty of their farm, but they also like to educate visitors. One of the biggest eye-opening lessons they learned when they started on this path was just how much there is to know about every aspect of farming.
Minka Farm has brought much joy to Brian, Kim and their family and they like to share the sense of peace and array of knowledge they have discovered though farming. In addition to experiences like the ones offered here, they also share Minka Farm through educational programs for the community, a mentoring program for future veterinary students and, coming soon, farmstays.
Join the Farm Crew (hands-on experience)
Visitors love this farm because there are plenty of opportunities to interact with animals, especially baby animals. When people visit, they learn that it is possible to grow food sustainably and raise animals humanely. The “Join the Crew” experience lasts about 2 hrs. Kim will meet guests at the barn and will fit them into whatever is happening on the farm at the time. This may include working with Brian on construction projects or moving animals, assisting Kim with veterinary care or conducting health checks, or even enjoying the messy but necessary job of mucking stalls. Farming is done rain or shine, so guests should plan for the weather, dress appropriately, wear closed toe shoes, and bring snacks and water. Work gloves are recommended.
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Available daily. $30 for up to 1 person. Maximum group size of 6.
Heaven on Earth ( tour)
Visitors love this farm because there are plenty of opportunities to interact with animals, especially baby animals. When people visit, they learn that it is possible to grow food sustainably and raise animals humanely. The “Heaven on Earth” experience lasts about 1 hr. Kim will meet guests at the barn and will usher them into the barn where they’ll get up close and personal with whichever animals are staying in the barn at the time, interact with the horses and greet the donkeys, who may or may not greet them back depending on their mood. Then, head out to the pastures. Along the way, you’ll be greeted by livestock guardian dogs, farm cats, chickens, guineas and the pigs, who will thank you for throwing them treats. In the pasturesguests will find grazing herds of sheep, goats and cattle. Be prepared for walking as there’s no telling where the herds will be since they are moved around the farm often. Farming is done rain or shine, so guests should plan for the weather, dress appropriately, wear closed toe shoes, and bring snacks and water.
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Available daily. $30 for up to 2 people. Maximum group size of 15.
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