About Cherokee Winds
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Melinda’s love of farms and homesteading started at a very young age, and the life she lives at Cherokee Winds is the one she has always dreamed of. She was born in Chicago, but even as a city girl, it didn’t take her long to realize how much she loved animals and gardening. “I got very serious about my homestead dreams around the age of thirty. My vegetable gardens, my herb and tea gardens are all organic, and I use natural methods for pest and weed control, as well,” Melinda explains. “I find great satisfaction in canning and freezing what we produce!”
The beloved goats provide the milk for cheese and yogurt, and of course, the many soaps, lotions, and other bath and body products Melinda creates. But goats are not the only animals around the homestead. “There are adorable flocks of chickens, ducks, peacocks and other assorted poultry provide us with farm fresh eggs,” says Melinda. “Our honey bees supply us with delicious raw honey. Then there are the llamas who stand guard over our flocks; we use their beautiful fleece to make yarn and rugs.”
Melinda’s husband, Joe, helps make her products a reality by making soap molds, building hay feeders, sheds and chicken coops, and so much more than there is room to share here. Joe served in the United States Army between 1974 and 1979.
Joe and Melinda have three grown children and three beautiful grandchildren, who keep things fresh and natural here at Cherokee Winds....as it should be, according to Melinda. As Joe continues to battle with cancer, an upbeat and positive Melinda asserts, “We love what we do and we are continually reassured that Natural is Best!”