Beautiful girl with a beautiful chicken: newest addition to the Carroll Farm Family, Snowflake. Snowflake is a polish chicken (which might explain a few things) and may be the dorkiest bird ever. Her hobbies include mindlessly following little children, deciding her flock is with a pig and the humans, roosting cluelessly on the ground in plain sight, and falling asleep with Ava on the swing.
She has truly taught us that not all chickens are vicious, war-eagle ninjas. She is our first truly sweet chicken - even if all the other birds are jealous of her beauty.
The Carroll family has raised cattle & pecans in Camp Hill, Alabama for 30 years, at times having upwards of 300 head of cattle & 40 acres of pecans. We've been leasing our land to others for several years, but excited to be repossessing all pastures this spring. Look for big developments at Carroll Family Farms, soon.
We're happy to be sharing studio & residency space with Chef Chad Mueller (formerly of Bloodhound, The Yellow Hammer, and ACRE, in Auburn), as well as several other active local artists, doers, and makers with close ties to Waverly and the Alabama arts community (Welcome, Kortni and Daniel!). They're here to help Burke with physical tasks & we're all here to improve our mutual enterprises. We look forward to pop-up restaurant nights with Chef-Chad, more printmaking & furniture from the studios of Daniel & Kortni, & launching other new food and arts related entities with our new friends and residents, shortly.
(Soon-to-be new rescue resident, Outlaw!!!)
Our newest crop: our new peach-tree! (spring 2014)
The largest of our four spring-fed lakes: Little-Land Lake.
New Peach-tree, with camp-hill yacht.
Camp Hill regatta (spring, 2014)
Our kids on Little-Land lake.
Daddy & Ava (spring 2014)
Our pastures are covered waist high with 30 years worth of fescue, rye and zaorse grasses - happy hunting grounds for local eagles, large packs of coyotes, owls, hawks & the occasional 6-foot rattling snakes; our lakes are loaded with all natural (not stocked) bass, crappie, catfish, and bream.
Carroll Farms has been blessed to have many different animal friends & interlopers in addition to our native hawks, turkeys, coyotes, eagles, deer, geese, turtles, snakes, flying squirrels, toads, and owls. Sometimes it has hard to keep up with whose up to what mischief, where. Our newest addition are our new CHICKENS, who lay beautiful blue and green eggs, boss the kitten, and are officially new resident clowns:
In addition to the winningest teams in college football, Alabama is famous for her sweet and rich pecans. The Carroll Family raises three varieties of pecans, with a uniquely sweet and buttery flavor that emanates from the Camp Hill hills.
Our farm goods have been featured in several local premiere restaurants (including BLOODHOUND, Auburn), and are soon to be available at our own local-only storefront, and in specialty markets in the Lake Martin area and beyond.
We're currently working to renew and restore our historic (and newer and younger) pecan-orchards & pastures; with our new residents we are working out plans for organically raised lamb, pecans, local organic artisan farm-to-table creations from Chef Chad, and more!
Daddy works on gate to the biggest pasture.
While at home, we work hard to develop our local cultural, artistic & business community (close ties to STANDARD DELUXE, the arts & literary community in East Alabam'), play a few tunes, and take good care of a variety of rescue animals.
Ava & Heidi, night picnic, lake.
Heidi & Lightening (true love, always)
Daddy helps with chandelier at restaurant-club BLOODHOUND
Burke designed music venue & sometimes runs sound at premiere restaurant and club BLOODHOUND.
After a long night, daddy covering a little Iggy Pop ditty with the Dexateens.
Francis, helping daddy with construction.
Our revamped Truckstop (the former Panorama, a building used in various capacities since the late 1950's): Soon to be a local performing arts space, as well as Alabama-only storefront.
(welcome, future performers, all ages & persuastions!)
Mazzy (rest-in-peace, mazzy!) helped keep the riff-raff in line.