Tom, Jeanne and Nathaniel Repas live on a small family farm in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Our farm is located in the Ponderosa Pine forest covered foothills just west of Hermosa, SD.
We also grow and raise much of our own food including vegetables, milk, eggs and meat.We heat our log cabin with a wood stove.
Tom is an avid homebrewer of beer, wine and mead. He has won a number of medals for his creations. In 2015 Tom won the Best of Show at the prestigious International Mazer Cup, the best homemade mead in the world in 2015.
We feel fortunate to live in one of the best places to keep bees. Our winters are cold but are almost always broken with sunny days over 45 degrees every week or two – even in January- when the bees can go on their bathroom flights.
We live in the forest with the surrounding agriculture being mostly ranching and range land- thus pesticides are not a problem. In the summer, the honey flows are long and productive. Our bees stay in western South Dakota all year long, we do not send our bees south for the winter or out of state for pollination.
Inspired by the writings of Eliot Coleman, we grow vegetables year round under low tunnels and in a hoop greenhouse. Although we don’t routinely offer vegetables for sale, in the summer you never know- there is a chance we might have a bumper crop of something that we may have extra available for sale.