The Story of Old Hibernia Farm, LLC
My name is Chris "Critter" Olson, and my wife Danielle and I have founded "Old Hibernia Farm, LLC" in May of 2015. The farm itself was purchased in 1913, by my great-great grandfather Clark Haight. The farm has been passed down through six generations: From Clark Haight, to Willard Haight, to Francese M. Haight (married Charles Olson, Jr.), to my father Charles W. Olson (AKA "Bump"), and now to my wife and I. Currently we have my father ("Bump") who helps us out around the farm, my wife and myself, my cousin Tim, and luckily some good friends when needed. Through the years the farm has had many different "main functions" from chickens, to dairy cattle, to beef cattle, tobacco to hay/produce and corn.
One of my first memories is when I was ten-years old with Charles Olson, Jr. doing my first round of chickens at the old apple tree on the farm. Way back then my first experience was limited processing, and the hens were processed for $1.00 each. When I was 11 I raised my first full flock of chickens, and have a hand in poultry ever since. Twenty-seven years of doing chickens seems like a natural transformation as we develop Old Hibernia Farm, LLC to return to Custom Poultry Processing.
Danielle and I married in 2011 and we live on the farm full time with our three children and a full array of animals both inside the house, and outside in the barns. My father "Bump" also lives on adjacent property to the farm, having family on the farm is as second nature to me as the animals. It's one of the things that I love about farming ~ living and working on the farm allows you so much more time with family. I don't know if any of our children will ultimately choose farming as their profession, but I do know that they will take the lessons they have learned on the farm with them in whatever choices they make in life.