We are Mark & Dana Nicholson, and we are transformed. Learning the slower paced, relational lifestyle of Nomads on the Tibetan Plateau satisfied our souls. We lived in a remote town at over 11,000 feet where we heated our home with yak dung and coal in small stoves. Our children slept on concrete beds heated from underneath by radiating coals. They freely roamed the grasslands and mountainsides with Tibetan friends. Conditions were sometimes harsh (given the extreme physical, political, and spiritual climate) but, in many ways, it was “the life!” After a decade on the Rooftop of the World we moved back to North Carolina, and now we refuse to veer into the fast lane. Our priorities have narrowed to family togetherness, living and serving in community, keeping a quiet life of faith, and enjoying honest work that includes the sweat of the brow. And, since we learned so much from the Tibetan herdsmen among whom we lived, we are in many ways replicating their livelihood on our own North Carolina grasslands – one hundred acres that we share with close friends who also have the desire to heal, rather than strip this precious land!
At NOMAD Farms, our livestock and poultry are Nomads . . . they move around in small groups and enjoy rotational fresh pasture. And we ourselves are Nomads . . . we lived overseas long enough to understand that our true home is not of this world and we are passing through this life. “Nomad” defines our vision.
Most of the food we ate on the Tibetan Plateau was local, free-range and organic . . . the meat on our table came from sheep and yaks that roamed the verdant hills eating lush grass around us. And we noticed the difference! Stewardship of the earth, creatures herein, and bodies God has given us is a high calling that is for all mankind! Eating and offering clean food is a priority for our family.