CatholicMatch’s three founders may be high-tech guys, but they all enjoy the low-tech pleasures of rural life.
Jason LaFosse and his family moved to a small farm north of Pittsburgh a year ago. Jason and his wife, Michelle, decided a rural setting would be better for their four homeschooled kids, Genevieve, Xavier, Isabelle and Augustin. They have embraced the farm animals: two horses, eight cows and a dozen chicken. Last March, on St. Joseph’s feast day, the children were delighted by the birth of a calf, which they aptly named Josephine. The kids also helped Dad plant an apple, peach and pear orchard.
“They’re learning a lot,” Jason said. “Our chickens just started laying, so every day they have to go down and get the eggs and clean up the coop every week, which is a stinky job.”
Mike Lloyd also appreciates the unifying power of a farm. His wife, Melanie, and their four sons – Dylan, Kaleb, Blake and Andrew – have embraced the simple lifestyle, which draws their family together.
“It’s healthy for families to share meaningful work together,” Mike says. “In today’s specialized world, I think we need to look for opportunities where everyone can pitch in and help out and feel like they are part of something bigger.”
The software designer appreciates the many values farm work instills: problem solving, team building, self sufficiency. “Raising boys,” Mike says, “you have to give them responsibilities.”
Even the fun projects, like making cider and maple sugar, are laced with lessons. The Lloyds use a cider press that Mike’s grandfather restored, which they restored again last year. It’s an object lesson for his sons, sweet proof that there’s no need to replace the old just because a newer model exists.
Likewise, Brian Barcaro relishes the “peace and quiet” of his home, which is situated near the woods. Lately he’s been enjoying the blazing reds and oranges of his maple trees – and he cannot get enough of playing in the backyard with his five nieces and nephews.