Welcome to the Forge at Pleasant Valley Farm! Everything for sale here is handmade by use right here on our historic family farm in Tionesta, Pennsylvania, just a few miles from the Allegheny National Forest. We are a husband and wife team of makers.
Dan is an authentic blacksmith. Our farm was known years ago for blacksmithing and he is proud to carry on that tradition. The original forge, built in the 1880's, still stands but is not fire resistant enough to serve as the current workspace. Some of the original elements have been moved to the new forge building that overlooks the historic one. Dan makes hand forged items in the traditional style, heating metal and shaping it on the anvil with a variety of hand tools. Dan is self-taught, utilizing many hours of practice as well as learning through various books on the craft. Each piece he creates is a unique piece of American craftsmanship. In addition to the items listed here, Dan is always happy to customize current creations or make something custom from your design.
Dan has been building things most of his life and has extensive experience in masonry and general contracting and is also a self-taught mechanic. He has been farming his entire life, and has always preferred working with a team of horses in the fields over a tractor. He has a passion for restoring old equipment to working condition- from horse drawn farm equipment to motors and more. If he isn't farming, fixing or building things, you can find Dan at an auction, backcountry camping, or cycling historic trails like the Great Allegheny Passage or the C & O Canal.
Emily is the seamstress producing the aprons, totes and other items on her Singer sewing machine. She carries on a family tradition, as her mother was an accomplished seamstress herself, who even sewed her own wedding dress at the age of nineteen! Emily creates the jewelry and cares for the peacocks that live here and provide the feathers for some of our items. She also has an interest in herbalism and creates the natural body care items here as well. Plants like comfrey, jewelweed and calendula are grown in the farm's gardens here before they become the soothing salves we offer here.
Emily has always enjoyed writing and educating folks about agriculture. When active, she was the most read blogger on both the Local Harvest and Homestead Hustle platforms. She was one of the original bloggers hand selected by the folks at Mother Earth News to kick off the Homestead Hustle project. She has also presented at events such as Pittsburgh's Farm to Table conference, the annual meeting of the national non-profit The Livestock Conservancy, and locally for groups like the Lions Club, YWCA, and Penn State Extension's Master Gardeners.
The blacksmith shop is surrounded by blooming chamomile each year. Shown are some of our herd of registered Dexter cattle, a heritage breed.
Pleasant Valley Farm is more than an online store as well. We are a real family farm producing healthy food for our local community. We offer organically grown produce and herbs, humanely raised beef, pork, chicken, lamb and homemade sausage from animals raised here. Jams, pickles and other creations are made from excess produce.
The roadside farm stand offers all of this and more as we also work with other small, local businesses to offer raw milk cheese, honey, maple syrup, responsibly produced and locally roasted coffee and tea, and goat's milk soap. In addition, visitors can see and feed the chickens, ducks, turkeys and peacocks during farm stand hours.
We steward a number of varieties of heritage breed livestock, old-time breeds in literal danger of extinction. Currently, we breed Dexter cattle, Katahdin sheep, Barred Rock, Delaware, Black Copper Maran, and Gold Laced Polish chickens, Cayuga and Khaki Campbell ducks, Bourbon Red and Narragansett turkeys, and Silver Fox rabbits plus non-heritage pigs, quail and peacocks. We no longer breed Belgian horses, but use a mother-daughter team born here to help us in the fields. We have live poultry available each spring, and other livestock periodically available for purchase to help others raise these wonderful breeds.
For more information on our roadside farm stand, please check out our website for more information. There, you can find what is in season along with pricing, get directions and check out the animals that call our farm home. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest products as well as lots of cute farm animal photos!