QWhat is your favorite chore in the dairy process?
Shanna Rae: Milking. Although it is
very early, it is such a peaceful and relaxing time of the morning. It is the perfect
time to pray and a great start to the day.
Usually the sun is rising as I milk; it is the
prettiest time of the day.
Q: Do you see your boys becom-
ing more involved in the farm
and store as they get older?
Shanna Rae: Absolutely. I hope they
grow to love the farm as much as I do.
They talk about working at the store
when they are old enough, and what type
of vehicles they will need to haul hay.
We closed out our visit with some
old-fashioned butter making in a mason
jar. I was excited to be able to take home
fresh butter and a dozen eggs from our
morning adventure. I feel like I have a
new friend and kindred spirit in Shanna
Rae. She is proving that you don’t have
to wait until the perfect time or have the
perfect place to bring self-sufficiency
and sustainability to yourself and your
As a homeschooling mother of two
young boys, Shanna Rae has found a
new passion to share with them. She also
brings in extra income for her family and
the hope of future products to share with
customers at the family store.
*In Florida, raw milk is sold under
the Commercial Feeds Distribution
License as Pet Food which is not for
Holly Giles has been making
her trail in homeschooling
for seven years with her
husband and two sons.
Her family can be found in
Florida’s great outdoors when the weather
is good, either in a kayak, tent, or with a
fishing pole. Holly loves to share her real-life
adventures of inspiration and frustration in
her weekly posts at www.thegilesfrontier.com.