Chris and Sarah Ficken are the farmers behind New Moon Farm. Whether it is milking the cows, cutting hay, weeding the garden, or balancing the checkbook, you will find one us behind each and every task. Since you are trusting us to grow your food, we thought we would introduce ourselves and share a little bit of our farm story.
Chris got his first goats - Mancha, Flashlight, Sweet Sunset, and Cookie -- at six years old and has been farming ever since. He is able to fix anything with a pair of vice grips and can find an innovative solution for any situation. When not farming, Chris enjoys singing in a barbershop quartet, sketching building designs, and making corny jokes. Chris has a B.S. from Cornell University in Animal Science with a concentration in Dairy Science.
Prior to meeting Chris, Sarah hadn't spent much time in a barn. Over the past couple years, she has learned to milk cows, drive a skidsteer, and always close the gate. When not farming, Sarah enjoys planning for the future and playing in the woods. Sarah has a B.S. from Cornell University in Natural Resources with a concentration in Applied Ecology.
We bought our first cows in 2012. Amaretto, Brownie, Twix, Buttermaid, Spitfire, Maura, Kanza, Poland, Serena, Cupcake, and Dulce form the core of our herd and have grown with us over the past three years. Whether it is watching Poland grow large with her fourth calf, Spitfire frolic like a heifer, or Maura watch over her adopted brood, our cows bring us so much joy and we are grateful for the opportunity to be involved with them on a daily basis.
In the months before our wedding, we began seriously looking for a farm. We went through all of New York and parts of Vermont before we decided that Madison County was where we wanted to settle. After a long day of looking at farms that weren't suited to us, we decided to take a detour on the way home. As we approached a fork, Chris asked "left or right" and at the very last second, I chose "right." That right turn led us to the farm that we now call home.
The day after our wedding, we put an offer in on the farm, and a few months later it was ours. Since December of 2012, we have been working hard to rehabilitate the land and the buildings. Whether it is jacking up the old barn by hand, building our milking facility from bare ground, pounding posts and running fence for our cows, or reclaiming old fields with a chainsaw and some good friends, we strive to mold our farm to fit our dream of environmental, social, and financial sustainability.
We welcome you to join us in this endeavor.