Welcome to Provenance Farm

I feel like I just emerged from a whirlwind of activity.  It’s been an exhilirating past couple of weeks mainly defined by a bunch of really hard work!  I won’t lie – life lately has been very stressful but also incredibly satisfying. Allow me to take you along on a recap of our journey…

In the past three weeks we:

  • ripped the floors out of our trailers, and hired a friend to do some major cutting and welding.   We welded expanded metal to the floors to allow waste to drop through as fertilizer for the pasture.  Then we got busy with hammer and nails and framed the coops – a solid week of dawn til dusk work!  I feel so empowered by this project…now I can build anything!
One wall up

one wall up

all framed and ready to go

all framed and ready to go

no electricity means sawing by hand

no electricity means sawing by hand

  • Put up corrugated metal siding and roofing
    the fun part - swinging from the rafters

    the fun part - swinging from the rafters



    shining beauties

    shining beauties

    back of the coops

    yeah i know the roofs are hokey. live and learn.

    • Got 320 chickens of diverse breeds.  We have Silver-Laced Wyandottes, Barred Rocks, Buff Orpingtons, and Black Australorps.  They all lay brown eggs…or will once they finish molting and start laying again.  The chickens have a huge yard surrounded by electrified netting and we move them to a new location every 1-3 days.  They eat chicken pellets as well as all the windfall apples, insects, grass, and forage they can find!
      the girls

      the girls

      Heading inside to roost for the night

      Heading inside to roost for the night

      sleepy chicks

      sleepy chicks

  • While all this was going down, we found a house on 5 acres to rent.  So last week we packed up and moved.  I’ll post pictures of our new place soon.  It’s great and we have so much more space!  No more farming from a duplex, as fun as that was.

I kid.

  • Last but not least, we named the farm!  We are now called Provenance Farm.  ‘Provenance’, from the French provenir, “to come from”, means the origin or the source of something.  At the heart of the concept is the idea of farm to fork, or being able to trace your food back to its very place of origin. In a society that celebrates half-rate, highly-manufactured foodstuff, my desire is that our farm will encourage people to value the provenance of their meat and eggs.   Our goal is to provide great food that brings health and happiness to your home.   I’m so looking forward to getting it from the field to you!

Thank you for coming along with us on this journey.  To all our friends and family – we are so thankful for your support.  We could not do it without you!



Filed under Project Start a Farm

5 responses to “Welcome to Provenance Farm

  1. I love the name and I am very inspired to know where my food comes from. You two rock and we love you a lot.

  2. “You should become a farmer. If you’re not going to become a farmer, you should open the first Lamborghini dealership in Iowa. Because with farmers closing in on extinction just as the world needs more food, that’s probably what they’ll be driving in a few years.” — Jim Rogers speaking to an MBA student

  3. Cara

    I value the provenance of our meat and eggs! When do we get to start buying from you? =)

  4. Hey guys! This sounds like it’s going to be an awesome farm. I’m a journalism student from UO who will hopefully be visiting Afton Field Farm tomorrow (Thurs) and thought about trying to swing by another awesome farm but I couldn’t find any contact info for you guys. Call me!

    -Taylor Schefstrom
    University of Oregon School of Communications

  5. Fun reading about the adventures over the past three weeks- you should add in how you also help do the chores of your way too busy farmer friends on top of doing all of that 🙂 Love you guys! Best of success!

    -Farmer Jones’

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