Hello! I'm Christine.
I'm an idealist, dreamer, and writer seeking beauty and sharing it with others along the way. I would love to help you see the beauty around you in the everyday, no matter where life leads.
With my chef husband and two daughters (7 and 4), I'm slowly growing roots on our 17 acre farm in Santa Fe, Tennessee (just south of Nashville) and pursuing our dreams of shared meals at a long table under the stars, healing and beautifying the land, and creating a special community through simpler living.
A little more backstory?
I grew up an Italian-American girl in New Jersey before venturing away from the northeast to attend Belmont University in Nashville. During my freshman year, I was known as "the Jersey girl who blasts gangsta rap" on our dorm hall but quickly embraced all things Southern and country, woo'ed by the glory of '90s country music (love you forever, Garth and Trisha!) and the rolling green hills of middle Tennessee. During and post-college, I worked in the Christian music industry on tour promotions and new album releases for artists such as Caedmon's Call, Bebo Norman, Third Day, and Jars of Clay.
After meeting Steven and moving to Dallas, TX in 2005, I left the music industry when I was given the unique opportunity to help start an Africa relief non-profit called Mocha Club.
In my twenties, I traveled to India after the tsunami and played with orphans in the most remote village you could imagine. I journeyed to Africa and walked wide-eyed through slums filled with beauty and washed my hair in water wells.
Somewhere in the midst, I learned about real food. After seeing the documentary, Food, Inc., in 2009, my husband and I began to passionately pursue organically grown food from local farmers. We jumped into our tiny VW Rabbit and drove to nearby Texas farms where we loaded up a huge cooler full of local meats, cheese, fresh baked bread, and organic produce. Word quickly spread, and soon, we had multiple coolers and were distributing this nutritionally-dense and beautifully-raised food to friends and their friends in Dallas parking lots.
Later in 2009, we started Urban Acres, an organic produce co-op, organic market, and urban farm. Our produce co-op started with 17 families and grew to over 2,300. During our time at Urban Acres, I illustrated chalkboards for our farm store and worked the register with a newborn baby strapped to my chest. It was an incredible experience, but after 11 years in the city, we yearned for our own land and the opportunity to grow our own organic food. We felt the winds of change carrying us to Tennessee, where I'd always hoped to return.
In 2015, our family moved to Tennessee to pursue our own land and farm. We bought a 1940s farmhouse with 17 acres of woods and blank land that had never been farmed. On the first day of spring 2017, we broke ground and began plowing the soil that has become Kindred Farm.
Of all the things I ever thought I'd be, a farmer was never one of them. But to my surprise, I've found a greater version of my true self while digging my hands into the soil and hosting farm dinners at Kindred Farm. I also love homeschooling our two wild and free daughters and fostering my creativity through writing, art, and photography.