Awakening People Through Holistic Farming at McCauley Family Farm

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McCauley Family Farm, situated at the base of the foothills in Longmont Colorado, is the kind of farm you might have found 100 years ago. The colors seem brighter. The vegetables somehow look healthier. The entire place has a peacefulness to it. There’s deep sense of responsibility here.

And that’s precisely the point.

“I’m trying to create something here with a vision and a feeling like we’re trying to get somewhere. The goal is to have a diversified, whole farm system. It’s a complex undertaking.”

An Expanded Consciousness

Marcus McCauley of McCauley Family Farm

“We feel inspired a lot, but also tired, scared, overwhelmed, but also content.”

-Marcus McCauley-

When Marcus McCauley speaks about farming, it’s easy to imagine spiritual enlightenment. His use of words and phrases like vision quest, gratitude, nourish, appreciation, and “giving forth their bounty” are the kinds of things you’d expect around a drum circle, not from a vegetable farmer who grew up on an Oklahoma ranch.

Yet, somehow, it all works.

Harkening back to a time when people actually grew their own food and possessed a deeper understanding of their relationship with the world, McCauley has a vision for bringing awareness, health, and integrity back to the food we eat.

“I think the food that we’ve been consuming as a culture has been lacking in many ways. It’s not only been harmful for humans, but also for the earth.”

It’s with that focus in mind that McCauley has set out to do something some might view as a long shot: to create a whole farm system. One that replenishes and revitalizes itself, the land, the animals, the food, and the people.

And it’s nothing short of awe-inspiring. From volunteer opportunities to educational workshops to actually producing food, McCauley is resurrecting the way farming used to be done. At times, the enormity of it all could be overwhelming, but McCauley manages it all extremely well.

“Certainly, there are aches and pains in the morning. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done. We’re dealing with this whole gamut of human experience, we get to experience the whole range of human emotions. We feel inspired a lot, but also tired, scared, overwhelmed, but also content.”

A Deeper Intention

McCauley is purposefully structuring his life in a way that supports the journey he’s envisioned for himself, his family, and the world.

“The world needs good, healthy, delicious, nutritious, medicine as food. I really feel that we’re doing that here.”

The “here” McCauley is referring to, of course, is his “ecological sanctuary and community of individuals who share a passion for farming.” McCauley doesn’t just want to be another farmer. He wants to awaken the people around him.

This explains the events he hosts: farm dinners, family farm day, volunteer lunches, educational workshops, and volunteer opportunities. It also extends to the vegetables he grows and the pantry products he creates: everything from sriracha sauces to seasonal ferments, fresh and dried herbs, pastured chicken, and pickled goods.

McCauley saw first hand, on his family’s Oklahoma ranch, the fundamental nature of food and the positivity it brought to the people around him. He intends to blend his passion with a business model that carries a deeper purpose.

McCauley Family Farm serves lunches to its volunteers“It’s always a balance in the business world not to get carried away with the romanticism of what we’re doing and to remember the bottom line. It’s a constant path to walk. I feel lucky to have the opportunity to walk it.”

McCauley admits that the food business isn’t exactly what he thought it would be. He mentions the number of family farms around them going bankrupt. Thousand year floods. IRS audits. Brutal schedules. The amount of work it takes to keep things running.

“It’s a tough row to hoe. I didn’t get into this with a big background in market garden, mixed vegetable farming. I’ve learned a lot since I’ve started, but I look to farmers who are doing it well, and I’ve a ways to go to be able to manifest that. But I’m trying another way and it’s not exactly proven.”

Finding Balance

Despite the numerous challenges, McCauley remains optimistic, especially as he gets deep into harvest season.

“There’s an energizing quality to harvesting and reaping all the benefits of our hard work. All of these babies that we’ve tended all season are giving forth their bounty and that’s really exciting and nourishing to the soul. We get a boost.”

Today, McCauley and his wife have a young family, something that presents a deeper need for balance and focus than ever before. Balancing his vision with his business and his work life with his family life, McCauley’s got his hands full. But like everything else he does, he takes it all in stride.

“The blending is the beautiful part, really. My son comes with me on the tractor. He comes out to deal with the sheep. The little one’s riding on the harvest cart this morning out in the field. It’s really awesome.”

Food is Fundamental

some pickles from McCauley Family Farm

What McCauley is creating here, his vision, is more than just a farm. It’s a return to integrity. To connection. To family. To our souls.

He credits his passion for food to his parents and his Memaw, but one senses there’s more to it than that. The balance he strikes, the blending of ideas and philosophies, the connection between people and earth, the inspiration hints at something greater happening.

Maybe it’s was the Buddhist retreat in his youth, or his education in biomedical engineering. Maybe the red dirt of Oklahoma rooted him to something deeper.

But one thing’s for sure: McCauley’s been called to a higher path. And if we’re not careful, he may just take us all with him.

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