Stephanie is the matriarch of Kauffmans Keep, her livestock experience started at 7 years old with her first pony named Buttons, laying chickens and backyard beef steers. As an adult she wanted to feed her family healthier food, beginning with a vegetable garden and some laying hens. After having great success with both she added broiler chickens and the first building blocks of Kauffmans Keep were laid. A strong believer that stewardship of our natural world should be an integral part of our day to day lives, Stephanie spends many hours giving farm tours, educating at farmers markets, and of course tending to the animals that call this farm home.
Morgan Kauffman became an entrepreneur when she was 9 years old opening a lemonade stand over the summer and quickly branched out by adding laying hens and an incubator to sell chicks. From that the jump to fancy poultry and ducks was easy, then at 16 she convinced her parents to add pigs. The pigs are Morgan's main focus, especially the breeding herd. Driven by a love for the earth and all of its inhabitants, she is always pursuing improvement in the quality of life for both the animals and the soil.
Kevin Kauffman's farm story began in 1993. When he married the peach that he picked from the orchard of love, he acquired 2 horses, 1 dog, and numerous fish. Fast forward to today and that modest beginning has grown into 6 sows, 1 boar, and over 100 pigs sold or processed every year. Not to mention broiler chickens and Thankgiving turkeys. While he never would have imagined he would be doing this, he is frequently overheard telling people he is the, "Best fed poor person you'll ever meet." He shares our goal of being a good steward of what God has provided and welcomes everyone to come give Kauffman's Keep a try and be sure to visit the farm. If you're lucky you may event get to meet him.
Miriam, affectionately called Floofer, is one of our barn cats. While she is not the most prolific mouser she makes up for that by welcoming all our visitors and allowing herself to be carried around by guests of all ages.
Cali is a full sister to Miriam and more than compensates for her sisters lack of hunting skills by being one of the best mousers we have ever had. She is often too busy to greet guests but when she does make an appearance she will happily accompany you on your trip around the farm.
Frisky is the oldest of our barn cats. She came to live with us as a kitten in the spring of 2004. She refuses retirement and keeps the younger girls in line while still managing the pest population in the barn. She is a very sweet old girl who often accompanies us around the farm to do chores when she is not off surveying her domain.
Willow is our sweet, shy farm dog. While she's not the most exuberant animal here, once she warms up to you she will be your best friend for life...especially if you bring treats. She was born September of 2017 and is a Border Collie/Springer Spaniel.
Finnegan is the farm dog in training. He is overwhelmingly friendly, but he does respect your space and he loves all children. He's still learning how to be helpful and we have high hopes for him to be a truly outstanding partner. Finn is a Old-Time Scotch Collie born February 2019.