Greetings to all from one of the newest employees at Homestead Farms!
Some of you wonderful customers may have already met me (pleased to make your acquaintance), and some I have yet to meet (I look forward to it). To those who I haven’t met, I’ll give you a little insight about myself
My name is Katie Shaw.
I’m originally a Keller native, but I currently live in Denton, TX.
I’m a senior at the University of North Texas, and if the stars align I’ll have a degree in English Literature and Russian Language Studies in December of this year.
Why am I here?
I’m here because Michael and Sarah are rock stars (figuratively, not literally, of course). I dropped by the store one afternoon to pick up a few goodies, and I randomly asked Michael if they could use some weekend help. His response? “I thought you’d never ask.” I wasn’t expecting such a quick, definite answer, but the timing couldn’t have been better for both parties.
Aside from wanting to make a little extra money, I wasn’t able to answer the “why am I here?” question until after my first day. Initially, I just wanted a weekend job for a little extra cash, but working at Homestead Farms has turned into more than that. This isn’t a just a job for me, it’s a chance to reach out to my community and help educate my neighbors about how important it is to know where your food comes from, and how it’s raised. I may not be able to answer all the questions you have right now, but I’m constantly learning to better educate myself and others. If I can’t answer your question, I’ll make sure to do my research so that next time you stop by the store I am ready to give you the best answer I can.
Before starting here, I was aware that the need for sustainable farming was great, but I didn’t fully comprehend the magnitude. I don’t know about you guys, but the idea that food comes from a factory freaks me out. My life hasn’t been the same since I watched Food, Inc. during a Netflix documentary binge. If you haven’t seen it, I highly suggest you watch it.
On a less serious note, here are some of my favorite things about working at Homestead Farms:
All of you customers! Okay, that may sound a little cliché, but I don’t care because it’s true. I meet so many interesting people, and you all bring me so much joy. I’m constantly learning new things from each person, like how to properly cook and enjoy beef liver (shout out to Reed and Daneen!).
Farm Camps. I’ve only been a part of a few farm camps so far this year, but they’ve been a totally new learning experience. I get to teach children about life on the farm, the importance of farms in the local community, and the role each animal plays in their life. Seeing the knowledge slowly seep into their budding minds is pretty cool to see.
Goat Milk. It’s raw. It’s fresh. It’s delicious. Need I say more?
Kombucha. Although this is a new product, and I kind of badgered Sarah to get it in the store, it’s probably one of my favorite items. I’ve tried brewing my own time and time again, but I have a hard time getting it to taste just the way I want it. I’ll probably end up spending my whole paycheck solely on kombucha, it’s that good. For those of you not familiar with kombucha, it’s a fermented tea beverage jam packed with great bacteria and probiotics. Delish.
The Green House. I’m not even going to try to explain everything going on in the $125 greenhouse, but it’s wicked awesome. Aquaponics. Fish. Recycled water. It’s super fancy, and way over my head, so maybe Farmer Michael can it explain it all to you one day.
I like many things about this place, and I can’t wait to continue to watch the farm grow; it’s an exciting occurrence. Sarah and Michael’s passion for this place is inspiring, and their enthusiasm is contagious.
So, if you’re in the area on a Saturday, drop by the store and say hello. I’d love to meet you!