Davis didn’t want just to be a hobby farmer or a homesteader; he wanted to make a difference in his community. Davis buys most of his animals locally, except for his chickens. They come from a breeder in Pennsylvania.
The pigs, sheep, and beef cattle are sourced locally. He uses local feed mills, local processors in Science Hill and Crab Orchard, and he tries to sell his produce to the local community as much as possible. Davis is also Homegrown by Heroes certified, which supports Kentucky Proud veterans and active-duty farmers.
“I wanted to farm, but I wanted to make a business out of it,” Davis said. “It’s also about being able to provide food to your community, so you go from the beginning to the end of the full profit spectrum. There’s more than one way to make farming work.”
Davis was able to apply the business ingenuity to his farm operation that he developed throughout the years he spent as a CPA.
“If I were only farming, I would be a little bit burned out because there is still a little bit of that business side of me,” Davis said.
One of the things he’s had to learn is how to market his business. He’s put his knowledge to use through social media marketing, online sales, and local farmer’s market setups. Davis likes to showcase exactly how his animals are raised so consumers know where their food is coming from.
“I believe in food transparency,” Davis said. “So, I try to show videos of how the food is being raised.”
He said part of the obstacle to selling locally is that a lot of people don’t seem to know how to find locally produced food. He enjoys educating others through marketing.
“Ultimately, as our food lines become more and more foreign-owned and monopolized, it’s important to get back to locally sourced food,” Davis said. “It’s more beneficial if you know exactly where it came from, and you know exactly how it was raised. I think we’ve become detached from where our food comes from.”
Davis also provides chicken and lamb to restaurants like Bluebird in downtown Stanford.
“Having places like the Bluebird that support local farmers is going to be paramount as we move forward,” Davis said. “It doesn’t get more local than this.”
For more information on Covey Chase Farm and Bluebird, visit bluebirdnatural.net and www.coveychasefarm.com.