Hi, I'm Marilyn -- 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.
Andrea runs the Brighton Wool & Honey Co., the retail end of the farm.
She also writes the blog about the day-to-day happenings of life on a small farm and can be found hanging out with the knitters, rug hookers and spinners that come by to work on their projects.
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 is in charge of all things produce, goat, sheep and 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.
Mike, along with his son Michael, raises bees.
Together, they manage more than 25 hives of bees, extracting and packaging the honey and offering advice to new beekeepers.