Round Right Farm is owned and operated by Steve and Sunshine Vortigern. We met while studying the arts in graduate school. Steve is a trombonist and Sunshine is a writer (and also a violinist). While in school, we fell in love and discovered we had a mutual curiosity about living more sustainably. After gardening for one summer (and having a baby) at Sunshine's father's farm in southern Kentucky, we accepted a farming apprenticeship in Oakland, MD at Backbone Food Farm. After six months there, we were ready to look for a farm of our own.
The piece of land we found, which is now Round Right Farm, is a beautiful 41 acre farm located in Cranesville, WV; it is one piece of what was once a large farm that raised sheep, corn and supported a happy family. Before we bought the farm in 2006, it had been a hay field for many years.
The last decade at Round Right Farm has been an amazing adventure for us. When we first bought the farm, it had no buildings of any other kind of infrastructure. The first thing we did was to move our converted school bus, which would soon become our home, onto the farm. The second thing we did was to put up a high tunnel, which was immediately destroyed by a strong east wind during the night. Despite this inauspicious start, through lots of enthusiasm, hard work, faith, patience, trial and error, we eventually turned our 41 acre field into an organic farm, the produce of which continues to amaze us.
The farm has become a great place for us to earn a living, raise our kids, contribute to our community and indulge our creativity as we explore the complex realtionship between humans and the natural environment. As lifelong learners, we continuously search for the best way to farm and live life. Each year brings new adventures, blessings and challenges. With luck, grit and persistence, we know we'll find a way to balance the trio of ecological, economic and emotional sustainability. To farm is to believe in the miracle of birth, life and death. And to accept it all with grace.Checkout the video below or view some photos here- http://www.michaeljchen.com/roundrightfarm