The Sylvania Lions Club met at the Troy Methodist Church on Feb. 14. After a delicious meal, served by the Methodist Women, Nicole Harris and her children, Anson and Nora, presented a program on her family business, Greener Pastures Farm located on Armenia Mountain in Troy, Pa.
Nicole has an extensive educational and agricultural background. She quit teaching to start working full-time on the farm and taking care of her two children.
The entire family is involved in the daily operations of Greener Pastures. The operations of the business are numerous. To date, she told of the many ways they work together to make it happen.
On their farm, there are free-range laying hens, maple sugaring, raising goats and pigs (pasteurized pork), and the growing and harvesting of Shitake Mushrooms.
They also have greenhouses where they grow herbs and vegetables that are sold at the farm stand located at Greener Pastures and East Smithfield.
They also have acreage for hay and pumpkins, and they are raising and selling puppies and are vendors at area markets.
Nicole also does floral design and wedding arrangements for weddings and wreaths for Christmas.
Nicole said it is a great place to raise children. They have a pond to kayak on and swim in during the summer, and lots of animals to play with.
Nicole shared some humorous photos, such as a goat standing on a pig.
Nicole volunteers at the Troy Sale Barn and coaches two athletic teams.
Anson passed out information cards and Nora changed the slides that contained photos. They also talked about what their favorite and least favorite jobs are.
A short meeting was held after the program.