Farmer Erik: Erik is the brains, brawn, and main salesman at Goodness Grows Farm. Born and raised just two miles from the Goodness Grows Farm property, he never dreamed farming was his future. He started his career as a landscaper, but after marrying and starting his family, he developed a passion for hobby farming. He used his landscaping knowledge and equipment to expand his hobby farm into a thriving family farm and in 2014 began marketing the farm products to Pittsburgh area restaurants. Erik’s favorite part of farming is breeding goats and watching young 4H kids take those goats and find success in the show ring.
The Farmers Wife: Jennie grew up on a hobby farm in Clearfield County helping her dad with his Hereford cattle and playing “Little House On The Prairie” with her three younger sisters. She retired from the social services field in 2004 and is now a butcher, baker and modern homemaker. Jennie is the behind the scenes gal at Goodness Grows Farm. She is the keeper of the schedules, chef, chauffeur and occasional farmhand. She spends most of her day minimizing the damage done by Hurricane Hattie and doing laundry.
Walker: Walker is our oldest son and at 15 years old is our Angus cattle herdsman. He is a member of two 4H clubs and serves on the youth council for Butler County 4H. Walker has already used artificial insemination technology to improve the genetics of his Angus herd. He is making big plans to expand his cattle operation by using the proceeds from the sale of his steer at the 4H auction to purchase a new heifer for his breeding program. While cattle are his passion, Walker also enjoys raising and showing Boer goats. In his spare time, Walker plays soccer and is an avid outdoorsman, spending much of his time in the woods hunting white tail and turkey or fishing with his granddad.
Maggie: Maggie is our 12 year old daughter and her passion on the farm is horses. Four years ago, we traded our herd of dairy goats for a registered Palomino Quarter Horse named Fortune, and Maggie has spent the last four years training her horse to compete in Western Pleasure and Reigning divisions at our local horse shows. Maggie is also a member of our county 4H and helps with our sheep breeding program.
Will: Will is the showman at Goodness Grows Farm. Will’s primary passion is soccer and can usually be found trying to escape chores by practicing his foot skills. While Will doesn’t always put in as much hard work as his older siblings, he ALWAYS brings it to the show ring and has won several blue ribbons for his showmanship skills. Will LOVES to attend the 4H dances and show off his line dancing skills.
Whitaker: Whitaker is our eight year old son and has the mechanical mind of the family. He is frequently found helping his dad and Grandpa working on the farm equipment. Around the barnyard, Whitaker’s main job is to tend our family flock of chickens. Whitaker also plays soccer and has been showing in the PeeWee Showmanship class at local goat shows since he was three! His favorite hobby is watching truck and tractor pulls.
Hattie: #HurricaneHattie is our youngest daughter and keeps us on our toes. Hattie loves our livestock guard donkey, Maurice, and rides him whenever she can. There’s no job too big for Hattie and she loves doing everything her older siblings do. Hattie also shows goats and rides horses in the Pee Wee divisions at our local county fair.