Echo Valley Farm began ten years ago with 2 gallons of fresh, raw milk.
Twelve years ago I was a mortgage broker, I had been a originating loans for over a decade when the financial markets and real estate market collapsed. During that time my mother came to visit me and brought me 2 gallons of fresh, raw milk.
Being skeptical of this “newfangled” raw milk idea and concerned about my 3 year old daughter’s safety I made myself the lab rat (so to speak). I agreed to try this “raw milk” first and if all went well, I would give it to my daughter.
At the same time, I began researching the benefits of raw milk and I was totally shocked at what I had learned (this video was probably the most compelling piece of information I found) and how much BETTER I felt after drinking a gallon of raw milk so I started giving it to my daughter and daily she begged me for more, her sweet little body understanding the value of the nutrition wanting more.
And in another divinely orchestrated meeting, my neighbor from a few miles up the road stopped by my house. Knowing the financial belt was tightening around me, she offered me a part-time job milking her cow as she needed a relief milker.
I was in love, so I began milking a single cow for myself.
Then by June 2009, the law had been passed opening herd shares in Tennessee and my friends began asking me if they could buy into the cow, so Echo Valley was born and quite by accident I became a full time farmer.