When folks ask "how did you get into this?" we answer "it all started with a horse and the fortunate fact that the "free" emus had already been given away."
Good Karma Farm is the home of Jim, Amy and Zoe Grant along with a host of Icelandic sheep, alpacas, turkeys, dogs and cats. The farm was born in Kingfield Maine in 2002 when Amy fulfilled a lifelong dream of owning a horse. The horse didn't exactly work out but we enjoyed having livestock around. Jim came home one day, with a classified ad in hand, excited to announce that he had found emus "free for the taking." Fortunately, someone else got there before us. Jim mentioned something about seeing alpacas at Common Ground Fair and the next thing we knew we had 4 on the way.
In 2007, we decided to sell our busy screenprinting and embroidery business and jump headfirst into making yarn. The first mill was located in Kingfield but we realized quickly that we needed more room for the mill and for our rapidly growing flock of alpacas, llamas and sheep. We started to look for a property in the mid-coast area and after more than a year we found the perfect place - a former dairy farm in Belfast with 40 acres of field and pasture, enough barn space for animals and mill and soap making, and a comfy home for us.
Renovations to one of the barns began in late 2008 and we poured concrete on Inauguration Day 2009.
Moving is never easy but the task of transporting literally tons of milling equipment, 30+ alpacas, sheep and llamas, beehives, chickens across 100 miles of frozen frost-heaved roads (along with a household of dogs, cats and furniture) was enough for Amy to proclaim "I'm never moving again!"
Since that day Good Karma Farm has continued to grow and evolve. Slowly but surely we are working to restore the farm which had been neglected for many years after having been a world class dairy in the 1950's and '60's.
Jim spins every bit of yarn that we produce and is an expert at making socks on a circular sock machine. He is a many generation Mainer and was born in Cumberland, Maine.
Amy is chief soap maker and dyer. In her "spare time" she tends to our bees and weaves rag rugs. She is originally from West Virginia but has called Maine home since 1990.