Visit Pam's farm and on-site artist studio and a menagerie of animals will greet you at the gate — just like a barnyard fairytale.
The most vocal, a goose named Paul Newman, has striking blue eyes and a big personality. Get too close to his girlfriends — the nigerian dwarf dairy goats — and he'll honk you right off the property.
He's their unofficial bodyguard, often spending the day among them. And because he's taller, he can run from their pasture to the barn in the middle of the herd like a living, breathing, honking periscope. Pam hadn't predicted such a symbiotic relationship, but that's how nature works.
It happens naturally on its own time — and life's worked that way for Pam, too.
Pam took her professional development slowly. Exploring the world close to home while taking classes and working in the restaurant business, and then farther from home as an airline stewardess. She took her time so that when she did go off to college — 8 years after high school — she appreciated it.
She always knew she would study as an artist. An early memory of Pam's is drawing on the wall with her mother's lipstick. And her parents didn't balk. They'd always encouraged her creative inclinations. So, she went to the Rhode Island School of Design, and when she graduated — she pursued her MFA while studying a different kind of art in India.
"I'm sure that living in such a foreign place, on the other side of the world, helped form the art I make. It certainly changed me as a person."
Pam returned to the United States unsure of where to settle, but after consulting a friend, she landed on Door County, WI. There she found herself in a community rich with artists and an entrepreneurial, live-off-the-land spirit.
Feeling at home, Pam bought and began the process of establishing her now 10-acre farm. Today it's home to goats, geese, bunnies, chickens, ducks, turkeys, bees, nearly every veggie she could think of and a fruit and nut orchard. She and her husband tend it all, and they work hard for the food they eat. They live off the spoils of their collective labor.
"It's magical to plant seeds and see them grow into plants that provide food or to put a shovel in the ground and find carrots or potatoes buried there."
From her gardens and her orchard, Pam makes fresh food, preserves, jams, yogurt, cheese, honey and maple syrup. She makes it all. And when she's not feeding her hunger for fresh, off-the-grid food — she walks through the barn into her art studio, she settles in, and she makes her art.
For Pam, it's the perfect balance.