Located in Northern Durham, Grass Grazed Farm is the 60 acre farmstead. They raise pastured livestock based on their farm and on additional leased acreage nearby. They believe in being good stewards of their land while providing their customers with healthy, wholesome, delicious meat. They started the farm in 2019 when Paige’s husband Derrick was looking for a career change from the U.S Army. They started with chickens haven’t looked back since. They had no idea what they were getting into but they have loved every minute of the journey. They have everything from Pasture Raised Eggs, 100% Grassfed Cattle, Berkshire Duroc Cross Pigs, and Cornish Cross Hens.
When did you start your business & what made you decide this career path? 1 year ago. After serving 13 years in the military our family was seeking a change of pace. Deployments, tdys and trainings were taking a toll on our family. At one point my husbands time away from the pillow exceeded every member of his company. You just don’t get that time back.
Where have you lived? Georgia, Florida, Texas, and North Carolina.
What is the biggest challenge of being a military spouse and pursuing your career? Starting over. I think as military spouses we become masters of staring over but with time you can feel defeated. It can feel like you’re not finishing what you started. This was a challenge for me in terms of my career. I found myself having to Pep talk over and over…and it took years to get over that starting over is okay! Also, this didn’t make me less equip or incapable to succeed. It takes courage to get back up with you’ve been knocked down a few times.
What are your other hobbies? I enjoy reading, cooking, art and a good facial when I have time.
What are some benefits of being a military spouse as a business owner?As a military spouse you are trained to get the job done. No I never wore the uniform… thank goodness because I don’t look good in Army fatigue. But being a military spouse who is now a business owner I learned how to work under pressure, adapt to change quickly, and to be resourceful. Every PCS, deployment, TDY and FRG meeting has prepared me for the field of Entrepreneurship.
If you could, what advice would you give yourself when you first started your business? Give yourself grace. Perfectionism isn’t always the best attribute to have because you will never move forward if you try to perfect everything at once. Mistakes will be made. Keep going.
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Military ball photos- Lea Hartman
Family photos – Shannon DuSablon