About Painted Hand Farm
Long before there was a local foods movement, when farm-to-table wasn't in style and TV dinners were all the
rage, Sandra Kay Miller wanted to raise livestock. But it wasn't until she moved across the country to attend
college in southern California she had the opportunity to live and work on cattle, horse, citrus and avocado
ranches in the Ojai Valley.
During her twenty years in California, she was involved in the food industry--grocery stores, restaurants, delis, a
catering business and even writing a food column for the Los Angeles Times. But the dream of having her own
farm continued to smolder until in 2000 when she purchased a woefully run-down Civil War era farm in
Cumberland County near where she had grown up and much of her family still lived.
Over the years the trash and abandoned vehicles have been hauled off, the property fenced in sections to support
rotational grazing and browsing and the fertility restored to the soil with the natural rhythms of livestock, poultry
and cover cropping.
Today, Painted Hand Farm provides naturally & humanely raised livestock, including goats, veal, beef, poultry,
pork and lamb to farmers markets and restaurants in the mid-Atlantic region as well as directly from the farm for
Life is too short to eat bad food.
Maps & Directions
When visiting the farm, please keep in
mind that we frequently share the road
with horse-drawn buggies in the area
and drive accordingly.
Meet the Farmer
Our mission is to raise healthy,
happy livestock in a way that
respects the animals, the
community, the environment and
the farmers and to deliver the
highest possible quality of food to
Sandra Kay Miller is a female farmer,
damn good cook & witty writer slicing
her finger open on the cutting edge of
sustainable agriculture and ethically
eating extremely well.
Meet the Team
Sierra Sigler is the eyes, the ears
and the hands at the farm on market
days. You may see her this summer
as she cuts her teeth on the
Thoughtful Farmers Market.
Alex Moats does double duty at the
farm and at markets. He'll be the
regular at Bethesda Central Farmers
Market this year so stop by and say
Spud Potter is another face you'll see
roving around the various markets.