About Thomas and Nicole
Every day on the farm is a new adventure.
Since we have committed fully to this lifestyle, we’ve had a series of realizations that lead us to believe: this is what we were meant to do! So we consider ourselves very lucky. And we hope that by growing good food and sharing our experiences, we can pass some of that joy onward.
We met in 2007 as college freshmen. Nicole was committed to veterinary school, and Thomas not sure of a career yet. But funnily enough, at 18 Thomas said half-jokingly that he wanted to be a farmer and Nicole laughed at him.
But as we learned more about environmental, health, and social issues and got more into gardening and working with animals, we eventually found our way to farming.
Where we attended Washington College on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, we were in the middle of big time, large scale commercial agriculture: corn, soybeans, chickens, and dairy cows. In preparation for vet school applications, Nicole volunteered at a dairy farm, while simultaneously interning with a Riverkeeper. The young dairy farmer had inherited a farm with expensive infrastructure and machinery to maintain, and fields of corn and soybeans dependent on pesticides. The Riverkeeper was faced with the immense challenge of trying to reduce farm nutrient run-off to the river and eventually the Bay, knowing that agriculture is at the core of the Eastern Shore’s economy.
While experiencing these different perspectives, we also became familiar with the local food movement. The strong local food movement centered around Chestertown’s fantastic farmers market introduced us to the feeling of community that comes with small-scale, local food production. These farmers were also using practices that reduced nutrient and pesticide pollution to the Bay. We got our hands dirty working in exchange for a CSA share at Colchester Farm, a successful local produce farm. After college, Nicole worked for the Frederick County Office of Sustainability, then with Michael Judd doing edible landscaping and helping build his strawbale house. Thomas worked with Hometown Harvest, a local food distributor. We purchased the farm in the fall of 2014 and have been working on getting the farm business going since.
Nothing makes our day like selling produce to a neighbor or hearing how much a customer loved our tomatoes. There is something very special about keeping people connected to the source of their food. We are very happy to be tucked right into Thurmont surrounded by neighborhoods, a short walk from the trolley trail and library. The visibility and interaction with the public holds us accountable to produce clean, nutritious, and responsible food and to do our part to protect water quality, provide wildlife habitat, and rebuild soil.
That is the motivation that drives us each day to keep working toward our vision. I hope you will stick with us to see how it turns out!
If you are interested in having our ideas applied to your property, check in over at Deeply Rooted Design and schedule a landscape, homestead, or farm consultation with Nicole.
About The Farm
Wild Song Farm is situated on a historic property known as Father’s Farewell. In 1738 it became part of the 500 acre Taylor’s Lot owned by Johann Jacob Weller. 50 acres were later passed to his stepson, John Henry Firor who we believe built our beautiful stone home from 1765 to 1780. The property earned its name Father’s Farewell when son John Leonard Firor inherited it from his father who moved west. The farm stayed in the Firor family until about 1872. The next 80 years or so saw different owners and land uses, including a dairy farm, sawmill, woodshop, horses, and a goldfish growing operation. Previous to our purchase, the farm operated as a small beef cattle operation.
We picked a new name for our business, even though we still think of the property as Father’s Farewell. The name Wild Song Farm arises from the natural and free music that we hear every day on the farm. Song birds are particularly abundant here, along with frogs and crickets. After big storms, Big Hunting Creek which runs along the west line of the property adds its roar.
The farm sits right on the edge of the Thurmont City limit. We can even walk to the library and to town from our house along the trolley trail. We enjoy this rare and special intersection of rural and urban life. Just on the other side of Thurmont sits the easternmost beginnings of the Appalachian Mountains, a big blue backdrop above the green valley.
Please pay us a visit sometime and check out our little piece of paradise.