Hey there! I’m Melanie Byrd.
Are you curious about how a cattle farm operates? Want a peek inside a real family farm? Do you want to know an actual living farmer? (A girl farmer, at that!) Then you have come to the right place! Come inside my rural North Alabama barn and stay a while! Here on the farm we raise grass-fed beef and honey bees. While we are waiting on our cows to grow and bees to make honey, we get into all sorts of shenanigans. We would love for you to join us!
Want to know a secret?
I never attended a single class in college remotely related to agriculture. Nope. I majored in American History. Related to farming? Not in the least. Everything I know about raising beef cattle I have learned from the school of hard knocks, YouTube videos, and books I bought from Amazon. When I first got started, I searched and searched the internet for a blogger/farmer like me who could give me advice I could understand. Mostly what I found were fancy sites by people with PhDs in some sort of animal science-TOTALLY intimidating to someone like me. I started this blog in an effort to reach out to other fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants farmers like me who need to know that there is someone else out there who started out not having all of the answers (and still do not), but has made it despite the lack of professional education.
Once upon a time, there were four goats….
I would love to tell you that my family has been farming for hundreds of years, and that we are in the history books of famous farmers. But that, my friend, would be a giant lie. This little Ponderosa got started back in 2004, when my then-boyfriend, now-husband, and I got 4 goats because we needed some brush cleared off of the backside of our property. We thought having goats for the summer would be a lot more fun than hiring a crew to clear the brush. Fast forward 13 years, here we are with a cattle operation.
And then there were honeybees…
So as if learning how to work a 1,200 pound animal in a corral isn’t enough, one day in 2014, I decided we needed flying critters that could sting for no good reason whatsoever. Enter the honeybee operation. I had NO idea what I was doing, and quite frankly, still don’t , but I am learning, and I will share my successes and failures here.
As if that isn’t enough to keep me busy…
While the cows are busy growing and the bees are busy making honey, this farm girl has some downtime. I love to take on a great DIY project, or meander through an antique store when I have free time on my hands. I will share my projects here, and on my YouTube channel – She Farms Bama.