Heading south from Athens, Ohio, the college town soon gives way to the gently rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. We pull up to an 80-acre homestead owned by Beth and Brian Duffy. The husband and wife team are both U.S. Army veterans. They began a new career when looking to put down roots, enjoy the peace and quiet of country life, and have a place where their children and grandchildren could enjoy the outdoors.
Here at Find A Way Farm, Beth and Brian raise grass-fed Katahdin lamb (“some of the sweetest and most savory Southeastern Ohio has to offer”) under the Homegrown By Heroes label. They also offer free-range stewing hens and eggs.
The Duffy duo has had plenty of support along the way. Local farmers and educators shared their knowledge about farm management, grazing practices, and more. In 2016, Newman’s Own Foundation provided assistance by funding the Duffys’ Farmer Veteran Fellowship (through the Farmer Veteran Coalition), which they used to re-roof their barn.
Although they have faced challenges along the way, Beth and Brian say they always Find A Way to keep it all going!
Learn more about our grantee Farmer Veteran Coalition.
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