Brian “Dad”, 37 y.o., & (Me)Annmarie “Mom”, 35 y.o. We were high school sweethearts from Cape May, NJ. Brian became a zookeeper at the age of 20 after graduating from Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, FL. He started working at Houston Zoo in 1997 and stayed there until 1998 when he moved to South Central PA and started working at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. I went to college to become an RN and finally achieved that task in May of 2002 when I graduated from York College of PA. Since becoming an RN, I have worked for Harrisburg Hospital.
We got married in October of 1999. We worked hard and didn’t have much spare time to think about our future family. Our family started to grow in 2008 when our daughter Kira was born. Until then we never thought about the food we ate or what we were putting into our mouths. We were now responsible for the growth and development of another human being and thought long and hard about the food we made ourselves or what we bought to feed her. After working so hard at enlarging our family we made the decision that Brian would quit his job at the zoo to care for Kira while I still worked as a nurse.
After leaving the zoo Brian never stopped talking about wanting and needing animals in his life again. For years we have dreamed of becoming self-sufficient. We talked many times about raising our own food and having a large garden both for us to enjoy and to give us the peace of mind about knowing where our food was coming from. Our journey started in 2012 when we finally took the plunge, jumping in with both feet and never looking back.
In April of 2012 we bought our first flock of chickens after converting a shed off of our back deck into a coop. We wanted chickens for both egg and meat production and chose a dual-purpose breed, the Rhode Island Red. We started with 50 hens and 2 roosters with the intention of selling our surplus eggs and eventually replenishing our flock as our hens dropped off their laying abilities. In May of the same season we bought our first two piglets to feed out. This was the beginning of our farm madness. Please log into our blog to read more about us and our adventures here on 4 Ever Moore Farm.