The title of the blog was inspired by Wendell Berry’s wonderful poem “Manifesto:  The Mad Farmer Liberation Front.”  Read it HERE.

These days I reckon I’m a homesteader, a goatherd and small-scale farmer. For over 25 years I was an attorney in Florida. It was there that I met and married my wife, and there that our children were born.

Eventually homesickness, and a yearning for authenticity, caused me to come back home. So now we live on the farm in southern Virginia where I grew up.

I like to wonder.


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32 comments on “About

  1. A farmer, a thinker, a.W Berry follower…that’s the best news I’ve heard today.


  2. Lily says:

    Thank you for the follow! You sound like a great person 🙂


  3. Hello, shoreacres suggested I come over here to have a look at your blog…in particular reference to some bad news we’ve had recently about our bull. I’m glad I did! Love your goats.


    • Bill says:

      Welcome. I’m glad to have discovered your wonderful blog. Sorry about your bull. We’ve been through quite a bit of that lately, which is why she thought of me, I’m sure. Looking forward to following what’s happening on your place.


  4. Dani says:

    Bill – Thanks for stopping by my blog – not only because you visited me, but because I found your blog. You and Cherie look like a very interesting couple, with interests which appeal to me, so, ‘scuse me, but I’m going reading now… 🙂


  5. Thanks for the encouragement over at my blog. Love the title of this blog—that’s about as wise and simple as you can get.


  6. Sheila says:

    Your description of yourself reminds me of a conversation I had with a friend awhile back. She said her dream partner was a farmer/priest. I said, “Oh, you want to marry Wendell Berry.” We laughed, because she admitted that she did.

    I love Mr. Berry’s “Mad Farmer” poems – and hence, the title of your blog. Looking forward to hanging around here.


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    • Bill says:

      Thanks Sheila. I’m an admirer of Mr. Berry, as you can see.

      I’m pretty sure my wife didn’t have a farmer/theologian in mind when she married me. Luckily for me she though she seems to be satisfied with what I’ve become. I can only hope that on my very best days I might possibly qualify as her dream partner. 😉

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  8. “Love wins” I really like that. Just read it to my husband, and he agrees. Thanks for dropping by “Honey.” Will drop by again, but first time to go fishing. 🙂


  9. df says:

    Connecting this year through our blogs has been a real pleasure; I haven’t had as much time to comment in recent times, but I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog and have included you in my nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award: http://wuppenif.com/2013/11/19/the-versatile-blogger-award/


  10. Hi Bill! I’ve nominated your blog for the Shine On Award. If you follow this link (to my page), you’ll see more or less what the next steps are. Obviously, this is totally optional. I adore your blog and want to elevate its visibility. http://applewoodfarm.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/3820/


  11. tsmith0095 says:

    Hello Bill,

    Mike Morrell and I really appreciate your blog, and think you’d be an excellent candidate for our Speakeasy Blogger Network. Do you like to review off-the-beaten path faith, spirituality, and culture books? Speakeasy puts interesting books in your hands at no charge to you. You only get books when you request them, and it’s free to join. Sign up here, if you’d like: http://thespeakeasy.info

    You’re not on any contact lists whatsoever; if you don’t respond, that’s it, and the invitation is open as long as you’re actively blogging. We hope you join us!


    Terry, The Speakeasy


  12. avwalters says:

    Thanks for finding, and liking my blog. Wendel Berry is the heart and soul of the movement to return simplicity and dignity to the land. Farming and theology–an interesting combination that resonates with history.


  13. associatedluke says:

    Love Wendell Barry and love what you’re up to here. Can’t wait to check out your posts and thanks for stop’n by my blog. Great to meet cha!


  14. Dilip says:

    Oh these are lovely words “I’m a farmer who is confident that love wins”. Its true and if I may say so a farmer loves his plants and the soil and that’s how he loves the world 🙂
    Best wishes!


  15. Thank you for liking a post on my blog!! I am grateful to have found yours. I agree, Love Wins!


  16. Melanie says:

    Hi Bill!

    I’ve loved looking into your activities and your passions posted on your blog. I am Melanie.. currently traveling through South America, trying to connect with local people and learn a thing or two about sustainability in impoverished communities. It is difficult, as many people down here are focused on achieving the “glorious Western way” of using chemicals for faster, pest-free, waxy-looking produce. It’s been wonderful though. I love to travel and learn through my hard work.. but am actually looking for a real place to start practicing the skills I’ve learned in organic/natural food production. From preservation methods to pruning, transplanting, working with every type of farm animal, construction, etc.. I’m game for anything.

    I’d love an opportunity to intern with your farm this summer. Please send me an email if you’re interested in having an intern this 2015 season. I can assure you I am passionate, hard working, and love a short sleep after a hard day’s work!

    I actually found you through a comment on my sister’s blog, farmerkhaiti, a small-scale farmer in Wisconsin. She’s sparked my passion and interest in hard work with the land!
    Thanks for your time. I would love to hear from you and get more info!!

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    • Bill says:

      Hey Melanie. I’m a big fan of Farmer Khaiti! You sound pretty awesome too. 🙂
      Look out for an email from us. We’re finalizing the 2015 details now. Will be in touch soon. Thanks!!

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  17. katechiconi says:

    Hi Bill, thanks for visiting Chiconia. I hope you could find enough gardening to keep you interested amongst the quilting, sewing and cooking!


  18. Many thanks for stopping by my blog, Its so Good to meet you.. May you continue to keep on planting seeds which are good not only for food growth but food for the soul as well 🙂

    Blessings Sue


  19. In asking for great homesteading sites I was given the name of your blog from one of your followers. One of my own blog followers suggested I write a post that lists other homesteading sites in various areas, saying it would be helpful to readers to check out homesteading blogs in their own area as well, and I agree!! So I am about to publish a post on my own blog listing other homesteading blog pages for all regions, and I’d like to include your page. Would that be OK? If so, can you give me just a line or two that would best describe your location and blog topics?


    ~Taylor-Made Homestead~


    • Bill says:

      You’re welcome to list my blog if you like. I’d be honored. We’re a diversified sustainable family farm in southern Virginia. I don’t know how to describe my blog. It’s sort of a farm journal, except when it isn’t. 🙂


  20. it’s rare to find people engaged with nature those days , it sound that you are a man of value .great to read you


  21. A lovely blog and I look forward to following.


  22. WhirldWorks says:

    Where’ve you been? I miss your great posts!


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