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 of these pieces in place and keep them all going. We love supporting other women!
sweet surprise of freshness
These soaps smell amazing AND the dispenser glides very easily. My 5 year old was struggling with our previous soap and dispenser - now he loves to wash his hands! A win for me!
Love this! Will certainly purchase again!
If you want a lip balm that will actually moisturize and heal chapped lips, this brand is what you need. I bought 4 different kinds (melon mint, blueberry, apple cider, and citrus with calendula) and I love them all, but the melon mint is my favorite so far. This is a wonderful company :)
This is the first natural deodorant I have ever used that actually works for a full day. I purchased the birch scent and love it, although it reminds me of vanilla root beer lol. It doesn't cause irritation, and I worked an entire day (8 am to 9 pm) without re-applying and still had no armpit odor. Usually, I have to re-apply halfway through the day with any natural deodorants. I hope they never change the formula. Will 100% buy again.
I already love the soap and I’m so excited to have the smaller size and the handy tin for my next adventure! Solid construction with some well paced drainage holes. Perfect for my lil’ travel kit.
I love this lip balm! I have tried so many of the scents and have started giving it out as a personalized gift to friends and family. The many scent options means there’s something for everyone.
Found this locally and NEED MORE!! The natural scent of essential oils is invigorating and uplifting, while the rich smoothness is very luxurious - not too heavy, not too light - JUST RIGHT!! This body butter is perfect. Thank you Meggan and team!!
I love it very rich and creamy. bought some for my 14 year old granddaughter and she was raving about it too.Definitely be back for more. Thank you
When they were out of the scent I ordered they called me personally to arrange another similar scent. Shipping was fast. Products always smell so good that I want to keep them for myself
Cutest gift set!
Refills are great and the dispenser is so pretty!
The hair bars are awesome and the scents I received are glorious!! Took a shower and washed the hair and I was drawn into a feeling of being at a spa. Thanks!!
This is the perfect set for a guest room bathroom! This set includes two delicate but sturdy glass jars with stainless steel pumps. I didn't realize this when I ordered it, but one of the pumps is specifically designed for foaming hand soap and the other has a larger pump for lotion. They are both wonderful, and I just love the ceramic tray. It's a beautiful touch, but not so fragile that I have to worry about my kids breaking it. I have two of this set - one for my kids and one for guests. I love it!
This process was so quick and easy. I got several options very quickly and was able to pick the one I liked most.