Rachel and Lindsey started In Theory Farm in 2010. Both have a life-long love of pets and livestock, and many years of personal and professional animal experience.
We strive to give all of our animals a life of luxury, whether their destination is the dinner table or the breeding shed. Our goal is to humanely, healthily raise and grow the majority of our own food. We are always making improvements that move us closer to this objective, and we are dedicated to helping others do the same. Education is our number one priority.
Since we are a small farm, we keep limited livestock numbers. When possible, we have chosen breeds in need of preservation, going for quality over quantity. Many of our animals are on The Livestock Conservancy's Priority List.
How We Started
The farm originated as a way for us to keep our horses at home. However, since we both have careers in the veterinary field, we quickly realized that we wanted to own the many other types of animals with which we work.
Over the years, we have owned cats, dogs, horses, donkeys, goats, chickens, geese, ducks, dairy cows, pigs and most recently, sheep.
Rich with history, the farm was built in 1890. However, the farm was in such a rough state when we purchased it, that we found ourselves constantly pondering if one thing or another would work out the way we planned. Our answer was always "in theory, it will." Thus, our farm name was born.
The house was in surprisingly good shape, though we did give it some 21st century updates. The land, however, was a combination of overgrown, junk-filled, or otherwise unsuitable for livestock.
We fenced five acres (and hope to fence the other five soon). We picked up mountains of trash, and spruced everything up with a new paint job. We turned the tobacco barn into a horse barn, and converted half of the chicken coop into a goat barn.
It has truly been a labor of love to turn the farm into a safe and pleasant place for humans and animals to live.
As we continue to add new aspects to the farm, or improve existing ones, our farm name continues to be just as applicable now as it did when we began.