Who We Are
Over thirty years ago, Milton and Madge Carpenter sold the successful cattle and horse ranch in York County, South Carolina, that was the culmination of a lifetime’s hard work and perseverance, and bought a former strawberry farm adjacent to their daughter. Mr. Carpenter dearly wished to rebuild, but time was working against him, and he passed away in December 1996. That daughter, Carolyn, and her husband, Wayne, moved in with Mrs. Carpenter, and their son Travis moved his family into the house he grew up in. Travis and Stacy bought their first heifer calves and first batch of Cornish Cross broilers in 1997, and Old Paths Farm was born.
Now, twenty-four years later, Old Paths Farm is a thriving all-natural farm, raising grass-fed beef, pastured pork, and laying hens for eggs, and welcoming thousands of people annually who come to celebrate special events like weddings and parties, get up close and personal with our horses, cats, and other farm animals, or simply enjoy the peace and quiet of fields of green, blue skies, and all the fresh air you can fill your lungs with.
We invite you to come explore the farm and learn why we love living the good life here. We look forward to seeing you!
Travis & Stacy Childers
In nearly thirty years of marriage, despite the occasional bump in the road or outright detour, our overwhelming emotion is thankfulness to God for setting us on this fascinating journey. Every day is unique, with its particular set of challenges, discoveries, and blessings, and we are humbled to have been entrusted with this way of living. Family is at the heart of what we do, and together with our children, Daniel (17) and Mary Anna (11), we strive to be good stewards of what God has given us. All four of us work full-time on the farm, dividing our time between gardening, baking, school work, caring for the animals and fields, and trying to grow the community in which we live. We truly wouldn’t change a thing!
Wayne & Carolyn Childers
Mom and Dad are, in innumerable ways, the foundation on which the farm is built, and our perpetual source of encouragement and support. Some of Travis’s greatest joys are the nearly daily opportunities to work with his dad, and we truly would be left wanting without Dad’s constant help and attention. Mom is not less active on the farm, and her endless energy and creative vision for the future keep us going even when we want to quit. Though often behind the scenes, they truly are the heart of what we do each day.
Not long after opening the farm for events, Travis realized that he could either be a decent farmer or a rather poor events coordinator, but not both. We prayed for God to send us the perfect person to become our events manager, and He answered our prayers amazingly. Molly and her husband, Will, live here in the community, which gives her both ease of availability to the venue and a desire to see the venue be the best it can be for all who come our way. Whenever you contact us, Molly is almost certainly who you’ll communicate with, and we think you’ll quickly come to agree with us that she makes your experience with the farm fun and enjoyable.