Our story begins on two farms in two little towns in North Dakota where Grandpa & Grandma Wilkes were born. They often share of their growing up years & how farming was not just a livelihood but a way of life.
Grandpa & Grandma knew the importance of working hard to raise quality food. Their family depended on it. The Lord was in control of the weather & making the seeds grow while each member of the family had to take responsibility to fulfill their role on the farm. They learned character and they learned to work together.
Hearing their stories helped to instill in us a love for life in the country: their joys of caring for baby chicks or piglets, watching out for the rooster while milking the cow, storing up food for the winter without electricity, making soap over a fire, being so excited about oranges at Christmas, having homemade ice cream for the 4th of July without freezers, working together as a family and with extended family.
Their simple and yet fulfilling lives have passed on to us an example of faith, diligence, and teamwork that we desire to follow after. We are grateful for the heritage they’ve given.
Just before we officially commenced Honey Brook Farms in the fall of 2011, our whole family had the privilege of accompanying Grandpa and Grandma back to where their lives began in North Dakota.
We walked the fields together, heard the stories of yesteryear, and so developed a greater passion to carry on the same values, character, and passion of Grandpa & Grandma to this generation and the ones to come.
Honey Brook Farms began in 2011 as “A Family Farm for this Generation and the Ones to Come”. Growing up, our family did not understand how compromised the food supply was becoming in America. The Bible says there is a way that seems right unto a man but the end thereof are the ways of death. We see how this principle also applies to so many of the conventional farming methods used in America. Farming methods that seem right but are resulting in the death of pasture, animals, and people. As we began to learn how these practices not only impact farmland and livestock but even more importantly, our health, we knew a change needed to be made for us.
Our family grew up in the suburbs enjoying working together as a team on our 1/3 acre lot. When Dad laid out a proposal for commencing a family farm, every one was on board.
Farming together has been a blessing in that it has fulfilled two important goals – eating healthier and working together as a family. Yes, we knew there would be much to learn and many mistakes to make :-), but we saw this more than just a way to make a living, it was a calling that has become a way of life. Caring for our pastures and animals, learning what makes food nutritious, cooking & eating differently, coming to understand the ‘rest of the story’ behind so many of the commonly used labels that we trust as consumers, seeing the beauty of returning to God’s original intent for farming, and then using this learning to both teach and supply food for our community, has become a passion and joy of our team.
We look forward to continuing to learn with you as we seek to provide the highest quality of food from our farm to your table.