After circumnavigating the world on their sailboat “Someday Came,” Shannon and Kathy Tillman and their three children settled at Inglewood Farm in beautiful Nelson County, Virginia. Originally a tobacco farm built by a friend of Thomas Jefferson, William Cabell, Inglewood is over two hundred years old and covers 850 acres of prime farmland and hardwood forest. The Tillmans began their foray into farming with a handful of sheep but have expanded their farming operation over the past ten years to include a flock of over two hundred Dorset sheep and three hundred black angus cattle. Lambs are born throughout the spring, summer months are spent cutting and baling hay, and the fall is all about calving season. Winters are busy, too, repairing and maintaining fencing and equipment around the farm, and working on projects neglected in the busier seasons.
Living in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains is a wonderful lifestyle that brings with it great solitude and satisfying work. "As owners of Inglewood, our goal is to provide a healthy, all-natural supply of food to our community at a reasonable price; the same food we feed our own children,” says Shannon Tillman.
The farm has also been placed into a conservation easement, protecting the land for generations to come, and is the Land Trust of Virginia’s largest conservation holding.