Foggy Hollow Farm is located 25 miles Northwest of Nashville in Joelton, TN. The farm is situated on 30 acres and is bordered on the West by Marrowbone Creek, the South by Beech Hollow Creek, and the North by Valley View Road. The majority of the growing field are located on creek bottom adjacent to Marrowbone Creek. This land contains rich black soil great for goats, chickens and vegetables. The property has a natural year-round spring which is used to irrigate critters and crops. Currently, we are fortunate to have Eaton’s Creek Organics growing vegetables on our land. We sell our chickens, eggs, and produce through Nashville area Farmer’s Markets and restaurants. On many mornings and late afternoons, a wispy fog will settle in the hollow blanketing the goats, chickens and vegetables.
When deciding on a name for the farm, we decided to call it what it was, a Foggy Hollow.
Eric, after a 10-year career in the field of finance and accounting, decided to pursue his dream of organic farming. In 2008, after a year of looking for the “perfect” location, the Patrick Family purchased 30 acres along Marrowbone Creek that would later become Foggy Hollow Farm. A year later, Eric left his corporate job to pursue farming full-time. After five years building the farm infrastructure, Eric has returned to the accounting world as a CFO for Energy Logic in Antioch.
John, grew up on a chicken farm, but took off 35 years as federal civil servant as a postal employee, federal law enforcement officer, and finally as an Office of Inspector General evaluator for the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington DC. He now considers himself a young farmer, again. He is working toward better ways to produce chicken and eggs that are more sustainable to the land and watershed and economically viable for the farmer.
Rebecca – Although I don’t spend as much time on farm work as John, I’ve helped clear flood debris from the fence line, pruned blackberries, fed the animals, picked blueberries and gathered eggs. Lots of blueberries and lots of eggs. We have a small garden area near our house where I’ve planted tomatoes, herbs, assorted other edibles, and flowers. Last year with John’s help I established an asparagus bed, and I look forward to seeing what comes up there this spring. Learning about what to plant when, and how to prepare and tend the soil is delightfully challenging.
I have a great view of John’s projects, including selecting and planting five varieties of blueberries so that there is a wave of fruit from the end of June until mid-August. Another is his goal of establishing a heritage poultry network in Middle Tennessee. Using the 1953 Standards of Perfection, he assessed the chickens and roosters to choose the best Barred Plymouth Rocks for breeding families. Currently, three families have their own separate houses in the pasture, and he’s been collecting their eggs for the incubator. So far several hundred chickens in middle Tennessee began their lives on Foggy Hollow Farm and were hatched in our utility room. This farm is a place where it is easy to feel connected to life and the incredible generosity of the Earth.