Rocky Glade Farm, in Eagleville, Tennessee, is definitely a family affair. Established in 1998, the year owners Jim and Julie Vaughn were married, the farm has already turned into a multi-generation operation. When they started the farm Julie and Jim both had full time jobs, but it wasn't long until they both felt the call to home and farming, and what began as a few custom beef calves for friends and a summer garden is now a full-time job for both. In addition to Jim and Julie and their young sons Dylem and Caleb, Jim's parents and close neighbors Thomas and Peggy Vaughn help out with farming tips, equipment and babysitting, and Uncle Clyde and Aunt Joe Winters step in and help to staff the farm's booth at the Franklin Farmers’ Market. With more than 50 acres on which to raise vegetables, grass-fed beef, and Katahdin sheep, the farm is busy year-round growing produce, cattle, sheep, and two young boys.
Last year, when strong gale winds wiped out one of their hoop-houses, the Vaughns learned one of the many lessons in farming–they used the temporary disaster to make the farm stronger. What began as a devastating blow at the beginning of the spring planting time turned into a blessing: they improved and expanded their operation by rebuilding and added new greenhouses, using better building practices.
The Vaughns now grow year-round. During the past few years, Rocky Glade offered a winter CSA program from the farm and this year they have added their Simply Summer CSA, a weekly summer vegetable subscription service, to their farm offerings. They also sell all summer at the Franklin Farmers’ Market. It seems as their family grows, so does the farm.