Our Team

“To plant things is to have faith in tomorrow.”

Our skills, experience and interests cover a wide range – but we’re all committed to growing the business of Franny’s Farm and sharing it with guests and customers. We have expertise in construction, organic gardening, cooking, processing and preserving harvest, sales and marketing as well as skills in livestock management, poultry management, start ups, budgeting, financial planning, customer service, and, well, you get the picture. We love what we do and we’ve all been doing it for quite some time. The Franny’s Farm adventure is the best of all worlds for us – the blending of our experience and passion – and we’re thrilled to be able to do what we love and share that with you.

I was raised in Nashville, TN. My moma was a big-time corporate business woman and my daddy is a cattle farmer. They divorced when I was 4 so, I got to live in both of these amazing realities of business and farming. I spent most of my education in an all girls Catholic school because that’s what they did back then when you were mischievous and a big talker. I had dreams of going out west so, I went to Forestry school in Flagstaff, AZ. I lived on a farm there for a few years. It was one of 3 Sustainable Agriculture programs in the country at that time. Funny, my husband was in a similar program at the same time in Syracuse NY. I spent many years learning by adventure. I have a graduate degree in Education and taught school for 6 years. I worked in Pharmaceuticals for over a decade. My nickname was the “hippie in high heels.” My career path has been Pharm to Farm. Ever since I can remember, I always wanted to live on a farm. I’ve been gardening since I was 8 and my granny used to say I had 10 green thumbs. Our family was a grand example of city farmers with chickens, bees and a garden. I’ve attended, participated in and taught at Organic Growers School for years among many other farming conventions. We are living the dream! We lost all our investments and our construction business in the economic strife and started over on Franny’s Farm! We bought land overgrown with brambles and have turned into a paradise that we now get to share with others. Come on out to “the bowl of heaven” where dreams come true! Favorite Quotes:

  • “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” –Gandhi
  • “Music is too loud for just one station, love is too large for just one nation life is too short to make just one decision and god is too big for just one religion.”  ― Michael Franti
  • “You may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will live as one.” – John Lennon
  • “In the end, only kindness matters.” – Jewel

Perspectives: We all inherently know what is right and good so, just do it. We all make a difference and doing good makes everything better. Random Info:

  • It’s family first for me and everyone that knows me will vouch for it. I’m a Leo and loyal to the end, unless I have to eat you for lunch.
  • Favorite things to do are trail run, see live music, dance with my son & hang out with my hubby.
  • I have a degree in Forestry from Northern Arizona University. It was so close to the Grand Canyon, I hiked it 9 times.
  • Have a masters in Education from Tennessee State University & taught special education for 6 years.
  • Was one of the first women fire-fighters for the US Forest Service in Idaho. That was the early 90’s.
  • It took 3 tries to get to the top of Mt Rainer. Due to severe storms, we got pulled off the first two attempts. Climbed Mt Shasta too. Oh! And I canoed the Rio Grande with a buddy and 2 dogs. That was before the internet and easy access to information that would have told me how dangerous and deadly it was.
Farming’s in my blood. At the age of 4, I lived on a homestead farm with a garden, pigs, chickens, geese and a family horse. A few years later we upgraded to a full scale dairy farm. We milked 150 head of cattle twice a day and put up thousands of hay bales per year. I loved the constant need to keep busy and the fresh unpasteurized milk was one of my favorites. Economic challenges in the 1980’s lead to the sale of the farm. I went to college in Syracuse, NY and earned a BS Environmental Studies. The next 8 years of my life were spent trying to advance my career. I had a stint in the military and worked for state and local governments in land-use and zoning. I have my General Contractor’s License and built, owned and operated a restaurant for several years. I’m huge into all things foodie but sold the restaurant and started my Contracting business. I completed my Master’s in Engineering and work full time as a Project Manager while also facilitating the farm dream . Part of the Franny & Jeff commitment to live happily ever after is that we would live on a farm one day. And so the story goes and dreams do come true. Random Info:

  • Frances and Zach are the best thing that happened in my life.
  • I can build most anything faster and better than most people.
  • Fixing equipment is not always my favorite task on the farm but someone has to it.
  • I prefer things that run on gasoline over riding 4-legged animals.
  • I spent 4 months in Sri Lanka while doing a study abroad.
  • I spent 3 months in Kuwait while in the military.
I was born in Nashville, TN and moved to Asheville at the age of 3. We renovated & lived in 7 houses, ending with the artistic masterpiece that we call Franny’s Farm. Each house has its own significance in my life which I associate with transitions and change. There were times where it was just my Momma and I, the house I met my wonderful, loving, inspirational father Jeff Tacy and each house after where we built forts or tree houses. I distinctly remember when my dad and I were making Christmas presents for the family which sparked my love for welding. I attended Asheville High School, graduating 2014. I was a part of the cross-country, swimming, diving, and distance track teams for all 4 years of school, acting as team captain for all 4 for the last 2 years. In addition, I was a part of the Asheville High marching band all 4 years, I played in the symphonic band for the first 2 years and joined the wind symphony for the last 2 years. I’m attending NC State University pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with minors in Sustainable Energy and Business. I participate in the NC State marching band, club cross-country team and Engineers Without Borders. I’m doing my part to make the world a better place. Perspective:I love to learn by experience, people and travel. In 2011 I participated in an exchange program in Alicante, Spain and for a month adventured all over the country. I went on early morning runs along the coast, explored old castles and beautiful architecture and ran with the bulls. It was truly amazing trip. Summer of 2014 I traveled to France for the wedding of a friend. We went on some very spontaneous adventures that involved traveling to the coast and meeting a new friend with great stories and who took me spear fishing. In college, I traveled with other engineering students to Nicaragua for a water-quality project. We built a tree nursery at a small school outside of Camoapa. We made fertilizer and planted 2000 seed starts that would be spread out over various areas to help raise the water table and control erosion. This year our service trip to Belize is focused on encouraging sustainable methods of cacao production. Quotes:

  • “Some people see more in a walk on the beach than others see in a trip around the world- -A good friend tells you when you’re being silly, a great friend joins you- -Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will”

Random Info:

  • I am an only child and I grew up with only one rule “Be Nice.” I still had to do chores because that was being nice. HaHa
  • Welding is a passion and outlet for expressing my artistic inspirations. In high school I started a small welding business.
  • I love dancing, running, swimming, art, metal, and working with my hands.
  • My mom taught me, it’s not the problem, it’s how you deal with it.
A Brief history, one heck of a ride! : I was born in Cheyenne Wyoming and raised on my grandparent’s horse ranch 30 minutes out of town. That is really how I came to fall in love with farming and cooking. We raised chickens, ducks, heritage bronze turkeys, pigs and cattle as well as running a fully functioning western horse stable. My senior year in high school my parents, brother and I moved to a quaint town in Connecticut. After graduating, I proceeded to culinary school where I learned everything I could about the culinary world.  I worked in the restaurant industry for 6 years cooking for and with, some famously amazing chefs. The family relocated to Washington D.C., and after a series of trails and errors, I started working on an all organic farm in Culpeper, VA where I found my most loyal and best of friends Cody, who has been by my side ever since. I’ve always known the farm is my home and I think Franny’s Farm is one of the best opportunities as a farmer and a chef to be a part every moment of the entire cycle, from life to plate. Favorite quotes:

  • “And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” – The Alchemist
  • “Je suis prete.” – The French (translates to “I am ready.”)

Perspecitves:  Random Info:

  • I once hog tied my best friend to win the wrestling match.
  • One of my favorite places to visit in the world is a monastery in Salzburg, Austria where the beer garden is magical and the house brew is heaven.
  • I paint and do abandoned photography on my spare time.
  • I once had the pleasure of cooking for the Escoffier Society in Hartford, Connecticut and was awarded with a pin and certificate. The food was incredible and I have to say, the pleasure of preparing the food was only matched by the love for food all around me.

Michelle LaCosse has always had a love for celebrations and a special talent for organizing them. This is where the idea for Party Envy was born. She graduated from University of North Carolina at Asheville with a BA in Financial Economics and continued on to Western Carolina University earning and MBA and a certificate in Project Management. Michelle worked as an Event Manager for the Haywood Park Hotel in downtown Asheville and then moved on hold a position as Trade Show Planner and Director of Business Development for a national medical service company. Both of Michelle’s parents owned their own businesses and she shares that same entrepreneurial spirit. She opened Party Envy Event Planning & Floral Design in 2010 and specializes in weddings and private events as well as event floral and design services. Michelle and her team love bringing events together for clients so that can simply show up and celebrate without having to worry about any of the details.

Watch our 2013 Barn raising video! Good times and great people.