She and her husband Leon were owners of Kasel's Manor Arabians, a custom home building business as well as a masonry business for many years. They have now retired from those operations and are concentrating their efforts on the family farm.
Leon plays a vital role in the day to day work both in the garden and by assisting in the various construction projects and overall maintenance around the farm. You will frequently find him out and about on his favorite toy, his green John Deere tractor.
After suffering from substantial health issues, she began to focus her efforts on natural growing methods and herbal healing. She started growing the majority of her own family's food, including raising animals for meat, in an effort to avoid many of the dangerous additives which were the cause of so many of her health problems.
Her background includes extensive animal management experience. She formerly trained show horses for competition and managed the barn and lesson riding program during the family's breeding farm years.
Johnny is the go-to guy around the farm when something needs repairing, constructing or maintaining. His background in commercial maintenance and home construction have served this farm well. He and Leon work tirelessly to keep things up and running smoothly. He absolutely loves his chickens and can often be found feeding them treats. They know his voice and come running when he calls! Johnny also assists with the marketing and can be found every Saturday behind the market table.
This young lady is an active 4-H member, having competed in the state poultry judging competition at NC State four years in a row winning first and second place individually with two team gold medals and one third place finish. Her team recently won the state Avian Bowl competition and is headed to Nationals which will be held in Kentucky in Nov. Other 4-H winnings include: first place in the district and state presentations where her topic was breeding rabbits, numerous first placings in poultry and goat showmanship, four reserve championships in three years with her poultry chain chickens, poultry winnings at the NC State Fair, Grand and Reserve Champion English breed division with her Buff Orpington breeding pair, Grand Champion Commercial Goat Breeding Doe with a three month old goat she bred herself, two reserve championships in goat market wethers, along with various other winnings competing with goats, rabbits, chickens, turkeys and horses.
Taylor is responsible for founding our egg selling operation. She maintained her own personal flock of 13 chickens long before the farm was formed and began bartering and selling eggs to friends and family. She then began competing in the 4-H poultry chain and reinvested her winnings to build her flock. She assisted us at local farmers markets last year with produce sales where she also successfully direct marketed her eggs. She started supplying them to a local CSA three years ago and continued that operation through April of this year when our farm transitioned to sales at our current farmers markets.
Taylor is in high school and her future plans include continuing her work on the farm with the possibility of going to vet school.