Jay and Katie Wilson finished their home in 1996 on the 50 year old South Carolina Crestvine Vineyard with their three daughters and were soon raising two Suffolk bottle lambs.
This ultimately fulfilled a dream that started decades earlier. Jay's passion for the farm life started as a young boy when he would shadow his Grandpa on his hillside farm in Southeast Ohio. Jay lived and worked on a family friend's farm in the summers of his high school years and was active in FFA (Future Farmers of America) where he raised and showed sheep at the county fair. This all led to a B.S. in Agriculture. Jay retired in June of 2020 after more than 37 years in the food and packaging business which gave him a front row seat to the food chain in North America and around the world.
Ironically, Katie met Jay on "Ag Campus" during their senior years. After she earned her B.S. in Agriculture, she went on to complete her M.S. in Agriculture Economics. Raising the girls became the top priority and once they got to school age, Katie began her career as a teacher at Southside Christian School. She went from preschool to Kindergarten to Middle School science to teaching senior economics before she retired after 21 years. Katie also kept things going at Crescent Springs Farm when Jay was traveling which included caring for Paint Horses, Suffolk and Katahdin sheep, chickens, steers, and gardening.
As challenging as 2020 was to everyone, it also came with the opportunity and the ability to focus on "farming". We were reminded of God's faithfulness, provision, and stewardship principles as we built additional pastures with new fences and gates. The muscadine vineyard was in the best shape since we moved in and the Nigerian Dwarf Goat herd, which began as pets for grandkids, was expanded along with utilizing goat's milk to create products like soaps and lotions. The Golden Comet chicks grew and began laying beautiful brown eggs, and two Belted Galloway heifers, Beezus and Ramona, moved in just after Thanksgiving.