My name is Frank Goodman, builder and owner of the Little Sugar River Farm. I was born in New York City in December 1959, and I grew up in suburban Westchester County. When I was 14, I went away to school at Phillips Academy in Andover MA. From there, I went to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, where I studied French and Spanish. During my senior year, I spent a good deal of time in the wood shop developing skills which would stand me in good stead when it came time to create my home — the Little Sugar River Farm.
After a year working on a farm in Mexico, I came to the Midwest in 1987 to study agricultural sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I never left. Most of my work since that time has been in either agriculture or in the metal working trades.
We would like the Little Sugar Farm to be a refuge from the chaos and coarseness of modern life -- a place of peace and privacy, calm and order. Surrounded on three sides by almost 2000 acres of state wildlife refuge, this is a spot where a person can feel a bit closer to nature's beauty. We hope to offer the possibility of proximity to natural processes: dramatic thunderstorms, dragonflies perched on sunlit walls, the muffled silence of a snowstorm, the chorus of spring peepers on an April evening.
I am living in Sweden from September 2013 to June 2013. Our caretakers, Casey Bilyeu and Naomi Williams, are living on the farm and will be happy to help you during your stay.