What makes me happy?

That’s the question I asked myself that changed everything. I believe it’s the most important question anyone can ask themselves. The answer may wreck the world as you know it but it will set you free.

I’m Jake Keiser, formerly a city girl with no rural living experience. Now, after over 15 years living in Tampa Bay, FL I’m creating a fabulous farm life in Oxford, MS.  People often ask me “why the drastic change?”. It was a gradual shift but one day I asked myself that simple question and I couldn’t think of a single thing. I found myself longing for a change to a more authentic life. I wanted to find out exactly what makes me happy. I wanted to know joy. I wanted to know what it felt like to not work around the clock, even on vacations. I wanted to know if life could be lived without being in a constant state of anxiety. I wanted a life closer to nature where I could be more creative, peaceful and happy.

In November 2012, I threw myself into an unfamiliar country lifestyle where I’ve tried my hand at raising any animal that seemed interesting, including: geese, quail, ducks and even meat rabbits. Now, I raise chickens, turkeys and dairy goats. I focus primarily on Mini Alpine dairy goats, Sebastopol geese and Lemon Chiffon Brahma chickens.