wild for farming
Will and Aly started farming in their respective home states of Massachusetts and Wisconsin. In Durango, their love of farming brought them together in early 2017 where their joint dream began. Through work on inspiring farms in La Plata County, the couple grew their skills until they were blessed with an opportunity to lease land in Bayfield from Tierra Vida Farm in 2020. The following year Will and Aly built a state licensed mobile slaughter unit (the third in the state!) to start their Chicken Share and sell directly to wholesale markets in Durango.
In addition to chickens, Wild Thymes raises mixed vegetables and pastured heritage hogs. Vegetables will be for sale in the coming 2022 season.
Picture: Will and Aly stand in their chicken pasture in early spring.
We have worked on organic, regenerative and biodynamic farms throughout our careers and are committed to chemical-free farming on our own land. We feed our chickens the very best certified organic (always non-GMO) chicken feed to supplement the food they find in our grassy fields.
The pastured chickens are part of a long-term plan to rejuvenate our topsoil while creating a healthy, diversified farm with veggies, poultry and pastures.
Our vegetables are grown without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. We follow the philosophies of regenerative agriculturalists like Nicole Masters, Dr. Elaine Ingham, Gary Zimmerman and John Kempf in the hope of creating a resilient soil biome.
Will is an avid mountain man who enjoys snowboarding, rock climbing and backpacking. He is the engineer and handyman on the farm, the one who fixes all broken things. His building skills are no match for his green thumb though, as he's a natural with plants. Will brings his creativity, boundless generosity and kind heart to life at Wild Thymes.
Aly is passionate about yoga, music, hiking and cooking. She is an inspector for the National Organic Program which gives her the opportunity to see amazing ingenuity happening on organic farms and manufacturers across the country. She is also the secretary for the 4 Corners Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union. At Wild Thymes Aly is the marketing and project planning guru, doing it all while maintaining a contagious optimism.