As goats and chickens roam on their plot of land outside of Hutchinson, Glenn Davis admits both he and his wife, Michelle, grew up in cities.
But when the couple acquired goats for their children's 4-H project, they were hooked.
"They (their children) weren't as interested in them," Michelle said with a chuckle.
Today, they have several dozen free-range chickens, along with a herd of Myotonic goats, a few milk cows and pigs, along with a large garden.
It started as a way to provide natural products for their family, such as fresh eggs, meat and milk. Today, they have a small customer base that buys some of their products and the couple hopes to grow their niche market.
For instance, the Davis' raise swine from piglets to butcher size for those wanting natural pork. In addition, this year, they delivered 34 kid goats.
Michele also is crafty. She makes her own soap from cow's milk. She also constructs items out of recycled materials, like denim quilts.
Glenn, who works at AGCO, said he developed the acreage behind their home.
"We are always in process," he said, adding he had to clear out acres of trees to develop the barnyard and build outbuildings.
It's not easy being a small farmer, Michelle said. She said some don't realize the work it takes. They want natural products, but they want it at big-box prices.
However, she added, "There are people who do understand."
For example, she started Facebook group Reno County Farm and Garden, which is aimed at sellers and buyers of "on the farm" products like eggs, meat, hay and farm animals.
"It's a great source for local products and produce," Michelle said. "It's my 'online farmers' market."
Moreover, she said, they couldn't imagine going back to an urban lifestyle.
"We enjoy it out here," she said.
And Glenn says, "I enjoy playing on the tractor."
"It is a lot of hard work, but I enjoy taking care of the animals," Michelle said. "I like making soaps and making people happy. And I can do a little bit of all of that."
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