Belle Manor Farms was established in 2004 in southwest Missouri, one hour southwest of Springfield. The goal of Belle Manor is to be as self-supportive as possible using some of the methods small, self-supporting family farms were using prior to the 1950’s. It is my dream to make the farm as self-sufficient while returning to a more natural organic way of living that is earth-friendly, healthier, and easier on the pocket.
Instead of focusing on a single aspect of daily life, I work at many different aspects of farming that would support a family’s needs. These methods include raising endangered heritage livestock such as Dexter cattle for use as dairy and beef animals; Shetland sheep for meat and fleece; farm-reared hogs for quality pork; free-range poultry and eggs; rabbits for meat and hides; keeping bees; growing herbs, fruits, berries and vegetables; canning and preserving; making cheese and butter; as well as making soap, bath salts, and body oils using natural herbs.
It is also my desire to be eco-friendly so I encourage recycling not only of metals and plastics; composting to reduce waste; and reuse an item or donate it to someone that might have a use for it.