Happy Life Ranch
Happy Life Ranch is a family owned and operated farm consisting of a family of 5; Gus and Melissa and our children, Frankie, Niko and Angelina and their pets (because kids and pets). We stepped out in faith after years of dreaming of country life and 2 years ago left the suburbs and found 6 ½ lovely acres of partially wooded land in Beecher IL. We started out with a handful of guinea fowl who were originally intended for tick control but have now become our favorite healthy, non-GMO fed, free range egg source. Next we dipped our toes into the adventure of raising chickens which Melissa has decided is her favorite “livestock” so far. We chose Freedom Ranger chickens for their steady growth, strong legs and succulent, fabulous tasting meat with more yellow omega 3 fat and less saturated fat than fast growing breeds. They are also great egg layers.
Gus, being the super adventurous type, jumped right into raising pigs and has discovered that he loves the pigs and also the sausage making process. We are currently building a bigger, better indoor/outdoor shelter for the pigs (and all of their feed storage) in order to ensure that they are happy, safe and healthy.
We have always desired to be closer to nature and to know exactly where our food comes from, how it lived and even how it…became our food. Part of our “country dream” was also to have enough food to share with others on a greater scale and to be able to say
that everything we grow is humanely raised and naturally fed and cared for. While we have already made many great friendships and business partners on this journey, we’re always praying for the abundance to do more for our community.
Each of the children are active participants in the everyday chores of caring for animals and we hope that they will each grow to love one aspect or another of farming enough to carry on this new tradition we have been gifted with and maybe even create their own business to make the ranch even happier. It was a culture shock for them at first but they are each finding something that fits their personalities here; Niko just loves hard-outdoor work, Frankie is cool as long as she doesn’t have to pick up anything alive and Angelina likes bonding with, holding and chasing the egg laying chickens who love to visit with people.
We try to approach every aspect of life on the farm from a holistic mindset so we are conscious of what we put into and on our own bodies and what we allow into our animals and the land around them. We never use artificial fertilizers, herbicides/pesticides, antibiotics or GMO feed. We also love to meet new friends and neighbors or like-minded folks so give us a call with any questions, pop over and say hi on Facebook or you could even come visit some time.