Hi, I'm Marilyn --frequently refered to as Farmer Gal in the blog. My husband Michael and I own That'll Do Farm.
I was born a true animal lover. I can't remember a time when I wasn't surrounded by animals. Dogs, cats, horses, chickens, goats, rabbits, cows -- I loved them all. Especially the horses. Breeding and showing them was always my passion. Showing led to owning a boarding barn, running a breeding operation and giving lessons.
But now, Michael and I are converts to the fascinating world of alpacas and their fiber.
The genetics of breeding for top quality show animals fascinates me. We know what traits other alpaca owners, knitters and hand spinners are looking for, and that is reflected in our breeding program.
Hi, I'm Andrea. I own Brighton Wool Gatherings at That'll Do Farm. BWG is the "teaching arm" of the farm. We offer classes and retreats at the farm studio, all centered on my number one addiction: fiber!
Knitting, rug hooking, spinning and dyeing -- I'm addicted to them all and thought others might be as well. And what better way to get closer to wool and fleece than to grow it yourself!
The farm also allows me to indulge in another passion of mine, which is growing organic produce. I'm a Master Gardener and enjoy sharing my love of perennials, herbs and heirloom vegetables with others.
We will occassionaly offer hands-on gardening classes at the farm where participants will be able to get their hands dirty learning how to garden organically.
I also write the (mostly) daily blog. Be sure to follow our day-to-day escapades here at That'll Do Farm.
After graduating from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina Mike decided to come back to Ohio to grow organic produce and raise bees.
He runs the produce CSA, and is in charge of all things goat, sheep and llama. In addition to those responsibilities, Mike and his dad (also named Mike) are in charge of the six hives of Italian honey bees.
Marilyn's daughter, Alison is the chief alpaca care-giver.
She has a soft spot in her heart for all animals. Alison has been a dog groomer and is expert at trimming the top knots on all the alpacas and is learning to shear.
Andrea's husband, Mike, along with their son (also named Mike, just to confuse things) is the beekeeper.
They are in charge of the six hives of bees, extracting and packaging the honey and offering advice to new beekeepers.