Marmilu Farms began as a hazy concept deep in Caleb’s mind years ago. We (Caleb and Betsy) met each other at Wheaton College in suburban Chicago, a far cry from Tennessee, and farther still from sustainable agriculture. Betsy played lacrosse. Caleb was in Army ROTC. We spent our first eight years of marriage with Caleb as an Army officer, the latter part in Special Forces. Somewhere in the midst of 5 moves, 3 babies, and many months apart, we started to dream about farming. In 2012, we decided to pursue our dream. Caleb quit his job. We sold our house and most of our belongings, packed up a U-Haul, and drove from Southern California to a small farmhouse in the vast Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
We had only our dream. We knew almost nothing about farming, but a few years earlier we had learned of Joel Salatin and his family, who were featured in the award-winning documentary, Food, Inc., and also in the best-selling book, Omnivore’s Dilemma. At Polyface Farms, the Salatins for decades have pioneered sustainable, pasture-based farming. After corresponding and visiting the farm, they invited us to come learn from and work with them. We spent the next two years raising turkeys, chickens (both broilers and layers), cows, hogs, and sheep for Polyface’s buying clubs, restaurants, and farm customers. In the process, we learned. We learned about the particular character and needs of each animal. We learned how to nurture and restore depleted land. We also learned how to butcher, run fence, repair water lines, operate a wood-burning stove, and work together as a family day in and day out.
Fall 2015 we moved back to Caleb’s hometown of Jackson, TN, with a vision to serve our neighbors by providing the healthiest, most delicious pasture-based eggs and meat in West Tennessee. To learn more about our products and our farming practices, click here. To learn more about visiting the farm, click here. We look forward to serving you and your family!