Tales & Traditions: Crestview Farms - Siloam Springs, AR
This is 14 out of 15 sneak peaks into the Tales & Traditions project..I'm excited, nervous + anxious about this project coming to a close but this isn't a post about my feelings...this is a post about the Butler family.
Take a look into their story here:
"“Being an eighth generation Butler, this place is really special to me,” said Dillon Butler. “Some of my family moved from Fairmount, Georgia, and homesteaded the Fairmount community just down the road from Butler Creek. That’s where our roots are, so it’s pretty special to be that close to my roots.”
Dillon, along with his parents, two brothers and their wives, own and operate close to 100 chicken houses across a 50-mile radius in northwest Arkansas, spanning from Maysville to Cincinnati.
“Our farming history goes back a long time. My kids are the ninth generation here. We have been in poultry production for the last four generations,” said Butler.
Going four generations back into the Butler family takes you to 1958 when Dillon’s great grandpa coined the name Crestview Farm and christened their journey into poultry production. The family still operates under that name today.
“It’s neat to get to farm where my great granddad worked and farmed. It’s special to try to stay here and do this,” shared Butler.
Dillon and his wife, Nikki, have two kids - Hayden, age four, and Trace, age two.
“Getting to bring the kids with us to work is the biggest perk to what we do. I would feel like I was missing a lot if I wasn’t getting to enjoy this every day,” explained Butler.
The Butler kids are already actively involved in the farm life providing no chance for them to miss a single thing.
“I love that it can be a Tuesday and we are getting to run around with the kids. That’s so nice compared to working an 8-5 job where we couldn’t do that,” said Butler. “For us, it’s a lifestyle.”"
Read the full story and see ALL of the never before seen photos in my upcoming book 'Tales and Traditions: the Steadfast Faces of Agriculture.' Join us Nov. 11 from 12-2pm in Gentry, AR for a book signing! Release details for purchasing the book will be release soon!
Be on the look out for more excerpts and photos coming soon!
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