We are Kyle & Athena and our crew of 5 dogs, 3 chickens, 2 roosters, a decent sized army of beneficial insects, local wildlife and two kids!
We started our journey as a "white-collar" career family (Kyle as an Engineer and Athena as a Registered Nurse). A few years ago we began exploring a mutual passion for more life together (and less time away in an office), more connection to the rhythms and seasons of nature, and more simple living.
This led us to seriously pursuing learning homesteading skills and considering growing food as farmers on a small-scale together as a family.
In 2019 we were given the opportunity to begin our journey of learning to farm while stewarding a 40+ year old plot of organic farmland on the property of JuneBug Retro Resort in Weaverville, NC. The generous-hearted owners of JuneBug, Tom & Charlene, want to preserve the history and quality of this land. Going into 2020 they have entrusted this beautiful acre of organic farmland to us as farmers as we continue to grow our own farm.
You can read more about our journey and how we got where we are by reading our Journal Entrees or keep updated by following us on Instagram. We sincerely hope you will find inspiration here for your own families, homesteads, small-scale farms, gardens & every-day lives!
From Our Homestead to Yours!
<Kyle & Athena>
We are the "Bird" (Athena) and the "Beasts" (Kyle & all the other beasts in our lives) of
The Bird & The Beasts' Farmstead.
What do we mean by "Plant-Based Farming & Homesteading"?
This means we Eat, Live & Grow with respect for all life as our primary filter.
We farm and live our lives without the typical dependence on supplementing our soil, nutrition or
lifestyles with animal products or by-products.