I was a military brat and city kid longing for a rural life when I migrated from Texas to New Mexico. Soon after I met Lee Bentley and we became partners. Magpie Farms was born in June 2009 when Lee and I decided to revive an old farmstead complete with an 80 year old adobe house. Lee purchased the property in 1972, it was a ruin sitting on one acre. Once he began excavating he found Anasazi potsherds that date to 1140 A.D. as well as a metate belonging to the Tlascan Indians who came with Spanish explorers in 1540.
Lee rebuilt the house and had raised award winning turkeys and sheep when his son was growing up. Soon after that, the competitive life of the corporate state consumed his daily life and the property was not used productively until 2009.
We started with Aracauna chickens and soon after added a pair of llamas to graze the pasture. Once we realized the circles of cooperative living between us, the llamas and the chickens, we knew we were on the path to achieving a healthier sustainability for ourselves despite the fact that we feel as though we are both flying blind, we are learning as we grow.