I think Mike and I both knew from an early age that the farm
life was for us. Ironically, we both grew up within 5 miles
of each other in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. Despite our suburbia
up bringing, we both prepared for our destiny. I went on to
complete a degree in Animal Science from the School of Agriculture
at Michigan State University while Mike went off to Oklahoma
to become a Certified Farrier. Several years later our paths
crossed and it soon became clear that we had each found the
partner we were looking for to go Country!
After months of unsuccessful searching we finally found what
we affectionately refer to as Caustelot Farms in November of
1999. At the time my only concern was transforming our 100+
year old dilapidated cow farm into a home that would be suitable
for our six horses. I had no idea my husband’s ideas were
We encountered our first disagreement when I insisted on saving
our historic barn that Mike would have preferred to level. Thankfully
we met an Amish man from New Wilmington who gave us hope that
the structure could be saved. So the Amish man and his crew
went to work. You can imagine my surprise when I came home from
my day job to find the entire barn jacked up in the air so the
foundation could be replaced. Yikes!
In any case, our photo gallery
gives a glimpse of this project as well as some of the other
projects we have tackled over the past five years at Caustelot.
As you can see this has been a labor of love that has only made
us appreciate our new life in the country all the more. If you
are ever in our neck of the woods we invite you to come visit
Hope to see you soon!