Farmer’s Body was founded at the Cobb Hill cohousing ecovillage in Hartland, VT. Cobb Hill is a very special and unique place to be ... where you can live ON a farm but not BE the farmers.
You don't have to milk cows yourself, but can chat daily with the farmer (Kerry) who does, and look out over the lush field of her market garden and buy her tallow and fresh milk at the on-site farm stand.
I KNOW these people - from their agricultural practices to their dreams - and I trust them.
Farmer’s Body literally (and figuratively) brings fresh farm ingredients - from farmers we know and trust straight to your family's tub!
Hello! Nice to e-meet you. :) My name is Meggan (yes, two g's - blame my parents). I'm the main body behind Farmer's Body. I live with my husband and 3-6 kids.
You: "Meggan, how do you have a variable number of children?"
Good question! We have 3 biological children and as a foster family, we help to support kids in our community who need a home for a while; we are happy to open our hearts to share our home.
I grew up on the front range in Colorado and am now a proud New Englander. Our family spent time living all across the country remodeling our homes (gotta love Joanna Gaines and Fixer Upper), searching for just the right lifestyle and found it in New England.
I work part-time as a periodontist at a local non-profit dental office where I specialize in gum surgery and especially enjoy treating infants who have feeding difficulties. I am also a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), so this combo of surgeon plus lactation consultant works well!
While I love serving the families who come to us, I also can't wait to slip on my apron or lab coat and sneak out to my studio where I live out my dream and my passion for researching ingredients, developing and creating the products for Farmer's Body.
The Meaning Behind Our Name
I know. It's kind of a quirky name. But grab a cup of coffee and a cozy blanket. The story is worth it!
Let’s travel back in time…picture a little girl with brown bangs, brown eyes, and a keen interest in all things crafty – sewing, cooking, gardening, etc. – as well as a deep love for science. This little girl was curious, creative, and wanted to one day own her own farm so she could make everything by hand.
As I’m sure you’ve guessed, that little girl was me. Ever since I was little, I have always loved to make things. (The photo above is of 4 year old me with my grandma we called "Gagy" - the woman who made the quilt that inspired our logo (see below). And yes, I'm baking in a flower girl's dress. I've got style.
Now let's fast forward 30 some years to living at the Cobb Hill Cohousing community in Vermont. I got the bug to make soap, and I thought it would be really cool to use some of the products that Kerry, from Cedar Mountain Farm, and the other local farmers had available. I thought it would be great to use all of these local ingredients as well as give local farmers another avenue where they could sell their agricultural products. Of course, it helped that I lived in a place where I had access to all of these amazing people who had these fabulous ingredients that were local as well as sustainably grown. Ultimately, I realized it would be incredible to pull all of that together into bath and body products.
Once I embarked upon the soapmaking journey, I wanted to come up with a name that was not only catchy but also had depth. For several months, Loren (my husband) and I would throw out ideas to each other. One night, as we were lying in bed brainstorming, I suggested something with “farmhouse” and Loren said, “What about Farmer’s Body?” I was immediately intrigued. I thought, well, it’s a little bit quirky but it’s more memorable than something generic, like "Meggan’s Really Great Soap."
What I liked most about the name “Farmer’s Body” was that it made me do a double take. I quickly realized that this name had multiple layers to its meaning.
When I think about a farmer, I tend to think of a man – or at least I used to – in overalls and a straw hat. I didn’t really think about all of these women farmers – and there are A LOT of them! – who are working really hard to carry on so many of these agricultural traditions and traditional skills that are otherwise getting lost to big corporations. These corporations, like Walmart, who have dairy farms with thousands and thousands and thousands of cows are putting small farmers out of business. BUT the women farmers whom I have met are putting an immense amount of effort into trying to keep these traditions alive and well.
With the name Farmer’s Body, I could make a play on words. I would feature these amazing women farmers, with wonderful, capable, strong women’s bodies (instead of the traditional image of the farmer as some guy standing in a field), who are making an effort to uphold traditional farming values by using practices that are more sustainable for the earth and the animals while producing the highest quality of agricultural products. (Our original logo intentionally included the image of a woman farmer.)
So when you first saw the name Farmer’s Body, you probably thought it was referring to caring for the body, which is one layer of the meaning. But it’s also a tribute to the women who are in this industry and doing all of this remarkable work, which is another layer of the meaning. Since part of what inspires the name is having women farmers be involved in the process, I really wanted to focus on trying to source as much as I could from women farmers. And I truly could not do this business without them.
Before my grandmother passed away, I sat with her while she made a beautiful geometric flower quilt in a traditional pattern called “Cathedral Windows”. She painstakingly stitched every piece of that quilt completely by hand, and it is absolutely magnificent. It contains pieces of my grandmother's life. A bit of scrap from baby clothes she made, a dress she sewed, some birthday jammies.
While she was working on the quilt, I sat with her and absorbed the stories she told me, the techniques she shared, as well as the wisdom she bestowed upon me. (This quilt was actually on my wedding altar when I married my husband . . . “gasp” . . . over 17 years ago.)
My grandma passed away in the summer of 2021 and the one thing I asked for was the Cathedral Windows quilt. My Aunt knew exactly where to find it and I carried it and a piece of my grandmother back to Vermont with me on the plane.
Now, I have this precious, memory filled quilt hanging in the soap studio. It’s a testament to traditional wisdom, traditional handcrafting and the resiliency of strong women. It’s a reminder of the love, dedication, and hard work that it takes to make something truly beautiful, something lasting.
When I began Farmer’s Body, I was one woman on a mission to make a line of skincare products with farm safe ingredients available to everyone. I wanted to connect and support other women through this process. Now, years later, I employ six strong women in the soap studio, I work with women farmers, and I support women-owned businesses.
Although not an exact replication of the image in the quilt, the new Farmer’s Body logo was inspired by the petal designs in my grandmother’s quilt. It is a tribute to the strong women of our past, present, and future, and to the traditional wisdom that I use to create the very best products with the very best ingredients for everyone.
Meet The Team
You: "Meggan- you need help!"
Me: "Yes, yes, I definitely do." I can't do this all alone. Way too many hats to wear all by myself.
I am so fortunate to be surrounded everywhere (at home, at Cobb Hill, at the dental office and at Farmer's Body) by other strong, joyful women (did I mention my dental office is also all women- dentists and staff?) who help put all these pieces in place and keep them all going. We love supporting other women!
I ordered a seconds sale, so what I received was a surprise. It was great smelling and a few fun colors! Love them. I know they are well made with a lot of heart.
Your lip balms have become our new patient favorites! They are soft and smooth and have lovely, natural scents.
This lovely tea smells like you have been baking cinnamon rolls all morning. The tea is a taste of all things good- orange, cinnamon, black tea. So, so good!
The best body scrub especially after a long day on the farm with my dairy cows.
I am pleases with the 3 wick candle. The lavender & white sage fragrance is very nice and suble. The wooden ‘boat’ that contains the candle is a fun decorative piece.
I pick this one because I'm not a big fan of Lavander, but hear me out when I say this is the best deodorant I have ever used period, no differences between the regular ones and natural ones. Smells amazing, it's super soft, and it works ALL DAY, I used to have to reapply deodorant once a day or twice depending on the day, and with this one no more reapplying. Don't be nervous, give it a try and thank me later! Thank you Farmer's Body for making my life better!
Great texture, and the scent is fabulous! I apply it before bed and breathe it in.
I was given a Lip Balm from my Dentist at my appointment. The Lip Balm is Great. So I checked what other varieties were available. I purchased four different Lip Balm’s. That’s when I found The LIPPY CLIP. This is Great because it clips onto my Cell Phone Case and is always available. All products I have purchased are Great and I will be back. Thanks….. Brenda
I purchased the Mini Soap Trio Pack just to try it at very reasonable price. I am really enjoying it and will purchase more!
We sent this to my daughter's remote teacher as a thank you gift. She was delighted and felt appreciated and pampered.
I bought this at the Rutland, VT Vintage Market Days this spring, half expecting this to go on the shelf of other natural deodorants that didn’t pan out. But y’all, this actually works!! I have worn it on a few of Vermont’s above 80 degree days, doing my usually farm work and running after my young niece. This stuff is AMAZING! It smells great, goes on smooth without a sticky wet-feeling, and I didn’t feel the need to reapply every few hours. I was around brutally honest friends and family, who aren’t the type to bite their tongues - they would tell me if I stunk. Believe me when I say I have tried EVERYTHING on the natural deodorant market. I have well over ten sticks sitting on my shelf for days I don’t need to see people or sweat. Farmer’s Body Natural Deodorant is the best! I love that it’s made in my home state - feels good to wear and feels better to support a local small business!
A wonderful collection of all of my favorite soaps. The small size allows a for variety of fragrances.
This is literally the only deodorant that works!! Can't recommend highly enough.
I gifted some soaps to teachers for appreciation week! Your soap is so nice! I also ordered some handsoap that smells so good!
This is a wonderful product!! I love the calming scent and the feel of it! I started using it immediately and haven't stopped! Thank you for this wonderful item!