Wildwood Farm began unofficially in 2015 when James & Paige Ewell got married with the desire to live more self-sufficiently and be good stewards of the land.
The couple started with 25 golden laced Wyandotte chickens. After a few months, James surprised Paige with two goats - Eowyn & Sapphira - for Christmas, unaware that one was pregnant. Four months later, Eowyn gave birth and the couple started milking her everyday. With all the unexpected extra milk, it was time to figure out how to put all of it to good use.
Soap-making piqued Paige’s interest and natural creativity, so after many failed batches, she finally got the hang of it and started sharing homemade goat milk soap with friends, family, and co-workers. Everyone loved the soap and started sharing it with their own friends & family, and word spread. After a couple invitations to have the soap carried in local stores as well as many inquiries about visits to the farm from strangers, James and Paige realized they could take advantage of their ideal location and try to make a living off the humble 3-acre property they were slowly developing into a farm.
Wildwood Farm officially began as a farm business in 2017 when the couple began opening the farm to the public, selling their products at festivals, and offering wholesale options to local stores. It has been a steady expansion since then, but the farm continues to develop with James and Paige’s dream and vision to make a great agricultural location in the historical town of Williamsburg, Virginia.
Wildwood visitors have the opportunity to enter the goat pastures and visit the herd of friendly Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats while asking questions and learning about farm life. During summer and fall months, guests can take a stroll through seasonal sunflower fields and purchase flower bouquets. The flower fields are available to professional photography upon request & reservation.
The farm shop is always available during open hours to shop and purchase all the goods James & Paige have to offer, including Wildwood’s famous handcrafted goat milk soaps that, in a way, got everything started. They also have beeswax products - lip balm, body balm, beard balm - herbal scrubs & jellies, decadent homemade goat milk caramel, and more.
The farm is currently open to the public Wednesday’s and Saturday’s 10am-4pm March-December, and Saturday’s only in January & February. There are no admission fees, however donations and purchases from the farm shop are greatly appreciated as they help James and Paige to continue running the farm.
Co-Founder and Husband/Farmer
Co-Founder and Wife/Farmer
Thank you for visiting our farm site. My name is James Ewell and I am Williamsburg, VA born & raised. I am the lucky man who gets to claim to be “Paige’s husband.” I have a love for nature, self-sufficiency, primitive skill conservation and making people laugh. I fell in love with a beautiful Dragon Princess; we began a dream together to start a family that lives off the land and has God, family, and the preservation of agriculture and community at its basis.
As a child you would find me catching frogs, snakes, and turtles. I have memories of hatching 5 snapping turtle eggs after a raccoon had raided the nest. I got my first snake when I was 5. He is a red tail boa who is 7.5 feet long and is now 19 years old. I acquired more reptiles over the years, doing reptile shows for events, including the one I met Paige at. Throughout the years, my parents would let me get rabbits, chickens, ducks, and turkeys. I also worked with horses and other farm animals in Utah, obtaining a love for the farm life.
One day, as Paige mentions, we found out there are people who strive to live off the grid and be self-sufficient while providing for their family and friends – something called “homesteading!” I had no idea that all my dreams of what I wanted to do, other people were doing successfully. I could provide a life for this woman who I wanted to marry. Provide a place to raise kids and a life that lets them grow to their full potential. And so it began on a small 2-acre farm (now), surrounded by neighborhoods and buildings (we blend in).
If I could use one word to describe myself, it would be enthusiastically-imaginatively-mountain man-wannabe. I have a twin sister who is artsy, travel-loving, brewery-visiting, sport-enjoying, beautiful, short, brown-eyed, and competitive… opposite of me in every way, which makes us the best twins ever!
I enjoy knowing where our food comes from, that our meat lives a happy & healthy life, and that my future kids will learn skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. My interests include, but are not limited to, tanning buckskin into leather, wild edible foods, sledding, Paige, cooking meat, and fishing & hunting.
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Hello and thank you for visiting Wildwood Farm’s website! My name is Paige Ewell and I have lived in Williamsburg for a little over a decade now. Being a child of a military family, I lived in a few different places in earlier years of my life. When I was nine years old, my family moved here to Williamsburg where my dad eventually retired. This is where I did most of my growing up from a child to a young adult. Williamsburg has definitely become home in my heart, especially being the place where I met and married James. Now, we are beginning our lives together in a common goal striving for a self-sufficient lifestyle that we believe in with all our hearts.
I’ve always loved animals and working with my hands. If I can find a way to do it with my own two hands, creativity, and imagination, I will. It brings me great joy and satisfaction to tap into & use the creative talents God has gifted me with. Some of my interests include: self-sufficient living & animals (of course), making natural soaps (obviously), hiking, sewing, crafting, dragons, pottery, woodworking, kayaking, reading fantasy books (I love Lord of the Rings), gardening, learning about herbs & natural herbal remedies, and much more!
For a while before I learned about self-sufficient living, I found myself longing for simplicity, feeling trapped in our hectic, busy, stress-filled world. All of the over-scheduled, busy, anxiety-riddled ways our society demands just did not make sense to me. I believed all of the pressure caused breakdowns within individuals as well as whole families, one of the primary places where true happiness & contentment should derive. Coming from a family of six children, I desired to have a big, loving family of my own one day. However, I wanted it within a way of life that would slow down and truly allow us to bond and work together. So I yearned for simplicity, but had no idea how or where to find it.
Happening upon an episode of Alaska: The Last Frontier one day, James and I discovered a homesteading way of life that we could take on. Inspired, we started our little farm with 25 chickens, which has now grown and is continuously evolving.
It is important to us that our animals live happy and healthy lives. We eliminate as much wastefulness as possible by composting & recycle as much as we can. Every day, we continue to grow, learn and expand with more surprises and development in mind for the future! I have found this DIY, hardworking, self-sustaining lifestyle to be extremely fulfilling & satisfying, and am excited to share it with mine & James’ future family.