Nelson Carter; Owner & Chicken Guru
After 15 years in a corporate setting Nelson wanted to take his life in a different direction. With the support of his family, friends, and community he opened the fields to Cartermere Farms in 2014. Growing up on a farm as a kid his love for the land and animals was second nature. Although not without challenge Nelson has molded Cartermere into what it is today, a regionally recognized source of honest and sustainable food. If you are wondering around the farm looking for Nelson you might following the trailing smell of french pressed coffee.
When asked what his favorite animal was on the farm? "A chicken, it plays the largest part in what we are trying to do here in a regenerative sense."
What is your favorite part about working on a farm? "I would say the seasonality. Day by day having to adapt to the cards we are dealt. There are also seasons of nose to the grindstone and seasons of relaxation, you have to take it all."
Hallee Douglass; Horticulturalist & Mother of Goats
Hallee is a trained horticulturalist Receiving her degree from NCTC. She came to Cartermere Farms in 2016 as an intern and has been with us ever since. Learning all trades on the farm, has brought her great understanding and passion for producing quality foods. Now focusing on vegetable and fruit production with an experimental mind set she is ready to bring unique produce to the families and chefs of North Texas. You can always find Hallee cooking a meal for other beloved farm staff/friends or earthing in the front yard on a nice day.
When asked what has been her biggest challenge on the farm? "JOHNSON GRASS! And weeds in general."
How did she get into farming? "Sitting at a desk job for 1.5 years gives you a lot of time to research ways that you will never have to work behind a desk again."
Abby Christian; Bean Counter & Resident Cat Appreciator
Yes, her favorite animal is a cat, but she is learning to love chickens, cattle, goats and sheep too.
Abby has a background in restaurant management and teaches part time at Collin College in their Hospitality/Culinary department- when she's not chasing goats or enjoying the porch. Her favorite farm task is collecting eggs, since she says eggs become a really beautiful thing when compared side by side. (All of the unique shades of color and sizes laid by all of the same type of chicken!)
When asked something that non-farmers should know? The need for sunscreen and hats. "Now I truly understand what a farmers tan looks like."
Lionel Primeaux; Resident Electrician & Handyman
After spending 30 years as an engineer in the hotel business, Lionel retired and needed a place to go to keep busy. He's a Collin County Master Gardner, and owned a small farm for 10 odd years where he and his wife raised chickens, vegetables and loved the outdoors. He was brought to the farm to help a friend in changing out an electrical panel and stayed on as the farm handyman. "I thoroughly enjoy the time spent at the farm and the time spent with Nelson, Jennifer. Hallee, Abby and the rest of the staff."
When asked what non-farmers don't realize? Lionel replied "how much work is involved in running a farm operation. Daily chores that will produce a product for the farm to market are exactly THAT.. DAILY CHORES. no holidays allowed. Maintaining equipment that supports the operation also is vital...... My reason for being on staff. Being a farmer is a labor of love!!! I'm extremely grateful for this farm and all farmers who impact our lives."
Jennifer Carter; Resident Sheep Snack Giver & Lawn-care Artist
Jennifer grew up on the land that Cartermere resides on and has raised sheep for over 20 years. The same sheep that graze our pastures are all descendants of her original 3 ewes. She received her Bachelors and Masters degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University- Commerce and is currently an Agricultural Sciences Teacher in East Texas. Her passion in agriculture is centered around quiet animal handling and educating people about where their food comes from. You will likely see Jennifer around the farm enjoying sunrises or sunsets and hanging out with the sheep, handing out cheek scratches and sheep snacks.
What is Jennifer's favorite animal? Definitely a sheep!
What is her favorite farm task & why? "My favorite farm task is checking animal first thing in the morning. The farm is just waking up, the soil has a fresh, earthy smell, the sunrises are amazing, all of the animals are fresh and excited and just happy to see you! To me there is nothing more magical than that time of day on a farm. "
What is one thing non-farmers should know about farming? "That a farmer's livestock and crops are their livelihood, and in return farmers go above and beyond to care for them. It's a job that is a lot of hard work but is extremely rewarding and you can tangibly see evidence of your work. It's good work and very satisfying at the end of the day. "
Tori Brumfield; Super Cool Poultry Manager & Bird Nerd
Tori holds a degree in Horticulture and a passion for all living things. Tori completed an apprenticeship in 2019 at Square Roots Farm in Massachusetts where she discovered her talent and interest in livestock production. She can often be spotted around the farm eating a sweet potato, singing incorrect songs lyrics, and talking to her trusty canine sidekick, Patch. (Since her fabulous cat, Fennel stays inside.)
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