How It All Got Started…
When I was 11, my family moved from the suburbs of Los Angeles to the middle of the desert (literally… my school was 45 minutes away from the house), onto an ostrich farm. My family raised pygmy goats, and we got our first dog. My love for, and natural way with animals were apparent, and I was fortunate enough to have some great people helping me along.
One of those people was Lester Hock. “Uncle Lester”, as I knew him. He was in his 80s when I met him, and he taught me how to ride and work with horses. My very first lesson horse was a 16hh Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse mare named “Merry Merry Miss”. She was bred for racing, but never raced, and was very green when I started riding her. She and I learned together, and I loved both her and Uncle Lester like family. For my 13th birthday, I got my two Mustang mares through the BLM’s wild horse adoption program, and have had horses ever since.
Uncle Lester passed away when I was 15, but what he taught me has stuck with me and those lessons have been the guiding principles behind my interaction with animals ever since.
My current farm sits on 25 acres, about an hour west of Washington, DC. I got here through the Coast Guard, from which I was honorably discharged in 2010 after 10.5 years of service, and for which I am still a Reservist. We are in the process of moving to our new, forever farm, in Culpeper Virginia, and I could not be more happy!
In honor of “Uncle Lester” Hock, I named my farm “Hock Newberry Farm”, after his Quarter Horse breeding operation in California. I still have the old farm sign from his place – we are working on restoring and preserving it so that we can display it at the new farm.
A lot has changed since I started the farm in 2009. In 2011, I met Brian, and we have been working hard to make our homestead farm everything we want it to be. Our aim is to grow and raise food as naturally as possible, to produce the healthiest, most nourishing products possible. We started out with the goal of feeding ourselves, but were quickly overwhelmed with requests from family and friends once they knew what we were doing! We are working hard to bring our products to market so we can share the good stuff with all of you. Check out our other pages to find out more about how we do things, what we have to offer, and where you can find us.