Cherry Farms began in 1990 when the owners purchased an old twelve acre farm in Louisa County, Virginia just five miles from the small, turn of the century, mining town of Mineral. The farm had not been in use since the 1920s, when the family home on the property tragically burned to the ground. Initially purchased as the site for a new vacation log home, the property was later developed further with the addition of a one-acre pond and several small out buildings. In 1995, construction of a new log home began. A short time later, another small eight-acre farm adjacent to the property was acquired, bringing the size of the combined farms up to slightly more than twenty acres.
In 2003, the first wave of poultry was introduced to the property as just a hobby. First it was merely chickens, then came some ducks, followed by guinea fowl. Turkeys were then added to the mix, and finally geese joined the flock. Today, chickens, geese, and six newly arrived young guinea fowl (keets), make up the Cherry Farms poultry flock. In 2008, two young Boer goats were acquired as an experiment to determine if raising meat goats might be a viable endeavor. Our first two goats were a young male and a young female. They were named, appropriately, Billy and Nanny. Nanny, the matriarch of our herd, is still with us today and still producing offspring. At first our herd grew slowly, then Mother Nature finally took charge and more and more goats were born to us here on the farms. 2014 has not been a good year for our herd so far. During recent kidding, more of the newborn kids died than ever before, primarily because of the cold weather. Many goats have come and gone over the past few years, but near the end of March 2014, our breeding herd is twenty strong.
On April 15, 2013, Cherry Farms grew in size once again. The owners purchased more than twenty eight acres of land in the Cuckoo District of Louisa County. The new property is located just over 10 miles from the main farm, and it will be called "The Cuckoo Branch."
On August 23, 2013, our farms grew one more time with the purchase of more than eighteen acres of existing farm land on the banks of the South Anna River in Louisa County. The new site is about eighteen miles from our main farm, and it will be called "The Warbonnett Branch." At this point the size of the combined farms has reached almost seventy acres.