About the Family
At the tender age of two years old Alec's mother asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. "A cow," was his reply.
Alec's grandfather owned a traditional farm (chickens, cows, hogs, dogs and tomatoes) near Murfreesboro, TN. Alec grew up learning husbandry, fencing, haying, and how to sometimes curse the weather. Although chagrined to learn the transformation from human to bovine was quite impossible, he settled with becoming a farmer.
Alec's time with his grandfather was the most important, influential time of his youth. His grandfather advised Alec to get an education, so Alec left farm life, went to college, and moved to New York City where he found life dynamic but ultimately unfulfilling and a bit sad. At 29, he left the city for a job in Montana, guiding fly-fishing tours into Yellowstone. There he met Sarah, a city girl from the Great White North who wanted to leave Toronto to start a farm and live the good life. They fell in love quite quickly, married, moved to Virginia, and started Leaping Waters Farm on 110 acres in the hamlet of Alleghany Spring. The idea was to feed the children the best food they could raise and perhaps sell a little to help with the mortgage.
Alec would say that Sarah is "the brains" of the outfit. She's a family doctor who practices obstetrics and raises beautiful tomatoes and children. It is through her hard work that the family could afford to make the mortgage payments while the farm was established. She enjoys making crafts, riding horses and spending time in the garden.
Sophie was born in Toronto and exported to Alleghany Spring at the tender age of 7. She is a reluctant farmer but an enthusiastic caretaker of younger siblings. She enjoys photography and revels in the visits of urban chefs and their film crews. She may be destined for city life someday so we hope to shape her into a spokesperson and marketer, capitalizing on her beautiful smile and agreeable demeanor.
Aidan is a boy of endless enthusiasm and courage. He is at one with his surroundings. If called upon, he will remove snakes from neighbors' porches or procure snapping turtles for local chefs. On the whole, he'd rather be fishing.
Tallulah is Cherokee for "leaping waters". She has a green thumb and loves to spend hours in the dirt planting in seeds in the spring and harvesting the bounty in the summer
The youngest and most vocal child is Sadie. She essentially is the boss of the operation, pointing out jobs for the rest of the family to do while riding in the bed of the pickup shouting "Faster…FASTER!!!"