It all started with an idea, as most things do. We moved to the mountains just outside of Brevard, North Carolina in 2010 in search of a simpler existence. We rented a little cabin on a decent amount of acreage, started a small garden, got a few chickens, and that was it–we were hooked. Since then, we have gotten married, bought our own acreage, and started an educational farm. Growing food and raising animals in a sustainable and chemical free way, as well as living in a more primitive way is very important to us, and that is why we focus on teaching people techniques to live their lives in a more sustainable way.
Mika's background (pre-farm) was information systems and technology. Here on the farm her focus is growing mushrooms, creating primitive crafts, tending the garden, handy woman extraordinaire, and she applies her computer ninja skills to all things business and financial. She is an observer, quiet and calculating and can relate to just about everyone she meets. She currently works full time on the farm and is the rock that holds the farm steady when the wind blows too hard. Mika has spent the last portion of 2012 and the beginning of 2013 getting ourselves and our animals moved to our new farm from our rental and getting us set back up. She is currently working on finishing that process up and getting started into our first growing season on our own land.
Rain is a part time professor in the art department at Brevard College as well as a freelance graphic designer. At the farm, she is primarily responsible for the animals (the goats in particular), she loves to dig into the garden, handles all the marketing and research, and is often found in the hay pile just hanging around with the animals. In 2013, Rain began to merge her love of the farm with her love of teaching and has started to teach classes, here at Eight Owls, about what she has learned in the last three years at the farm. She is currently working on and off the farm, giving half time to each.