Not your ordinary farmers, Joanne and Jim didn’t grow up on farms. They have pursued successful careers in engineering and nursing and have lived on both U.S. coasts. In 2007, the couple moved from their house in Ontario to a 28 acre farm in Marion. Then in 2009 the couple decided to pursue their dream to establish a goat farm and creamery.
Trading his ties for work boots, Jim quit his job as an mechanical engineer to focus solely on the farm. This background has been helpful on the farm as Jim was able to design and build a micro-pasterizer for the farm. In the spring of 2011, the mini-pasterizer was granted the seal of approval by NYS Ag & Markets. In addition to researching goat species and cheese making techniques, Jim took cheese making courses in Vermont. His favorite type of cheese is Blue Moon Bend’s Old Moon.
Joanne’s childhood was spent milking cows and riding horses. Her background as an R.N. and career in nursing has also lent itself to life on the farm. Her main focus is on herd health, kidding and basic goat care.
Jim and Joanne are both 1997 graduates of Williamson High School. Jim has a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering from the State University of New York at Alfred and a Master’s of Science degree in Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Integration. Joanne holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing from Niagara University and a Master’s degree in Leadership and Healthcare systems from the University of Rochester School of Nursing. Joanne is a Registered Nurse (R.N.) and currently is the Director of the Nursing Simulation Lab at St. John Fisher College.
Blue Moon Bend Creamery consists of twenty Nigerian Dwarf goats and eight Alpine goats which are bred on the farm for milk and auction. The creamery makes small batches of artisanal cheese in their micro-creamery. They offer several types of cheese, including Snow Moon, Frost Moon, Blue Moon and Old Moon. Currently, the cheeses are sold at Brighton Farmers’ Market, and off the farm.
Blue Moon Bend practices sustainable farming techniques, is GMO free, grass feeds their goats and does not supplement with hormones.