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Little Seed Farm

Eileen and James Ray
Lebanon, Tennessee

One night at dinner in NYC, while we were still dating, James started asking very intense questions about my aspirations in life. His inquisition revealed that neither of us wanted to remain in the city on our current career paths. We had achieved our childhood aspirations in fashion and finance and were ready for something more fulfilling. That brief conversation sparked a life-changing adventure and less than two years later, we were married and moving to an abandoned farm in rural Tennessee. Little Seed Farm began in 2011 with two dairy goats and is now composed of over 30 goats and growing. Our herd is one of very few 100% grassfed herds in the country. We work with nature in our farming practices, rotationally grazing across our 84 acre farm to restore and maintain the depleted soil through organic land stewardship. The milk from our herd is used in the soaps and the herbs grown in our garden are infused into the oils of our skincare products. Our land and animals are managed using “beyond organic” methods designed to preserve our watersheds, improve land fertility, and maintain a healthy herd without the use of antibiotics, hormones or other treatments.

Maker: Little Seed Farm
We create: Farmstead Milk Soaps using milk from our dairy herd
We use: Raw Goat’s Milk & Organic Essential Oils
Based in: Lebanon TN
Favorite local hangout: With the goats in our pastures
Design should be: Inspiring and simple (even better if it makes you smile).

We are a humane and sustainable farm on a mission! 100% natural and organic goat’s milk soaps and skincare. Just outside Nashville, in Lebanon, TN.

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After one too many years of city living, we came to realize that our true dreams lie in our roots. In early 2012 we moved from life in NYC to our farm in rural Tennessee. Our mission is to provide humanely and sustainably produced soap and skincare to our community, and to encourage other small businesses to embrace land stewardship and sustainable production.. As we continue down the road we look forward to sharing our journey and reflecting on what we’ve learned thus far. We hope to inspire others to pursue their dreams.

What we stand for:

Creating chemical-free, safe and nourishing skincare
Providing our animals with a natural and humane environment
Using clean energy to produce our products and run our farm (as of September 2015 we are 100% solar powered!)
Using nature to guide our animal husbandry practices
Seeking methods that limit the use of outside inputs
Adopting practices that utilize the full cycle of nature and minimize waste
Using eco-friendly and recyclable packaging

At Little Seed Farm we endeavor to create a farming model based on true sustainability, relying on as few inputs as possible. For us that means starting with a seed. We start with grass, forage, and botanical seeds that evolve into rich pastures and healing herbs. Our goats, pigs and chickens are the beneficiaries, happily grazing down the grass as they are rotationally grazed throughout the year. By-products of our farm are incorporated into the system whenever possible.

Whether it’s through composting or choosing to use only recyclable packaging, we seek to minimize waste and pollution. By allowing our animals to graze on open land in the fresh air we believe our alternative farming model can provide our customers with healthier products and the knowledge that it was produced humanely and responsibly.