Living Your Sparked Second Half Podcast | Episode 404

Episode 404: An Alpaca Encounter That Changed the Direction of Her Life, with Jane Lee Rankin

mindset May 08, 2024

Today's guest is Jane Lee Rankin, a true embodiment of resilience, passion, and community spirit. In this lively conversation, Jane Lee, who goes by Lee to friends, takes us on a journey through her extraordinary life as a first-generation farmer, cancer survivor, single mom, and the visionary behind Apple Hill Farm nestled in the breathtaking Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina.

Lee's story is nothing short of inspirational. From very humble beginnings, she shares her courageous leap into the world of farming, driven by her love of alpacas which she discovered after taking her young son to a fair, and how she blossomed into a recognized leader in agritourism and the agricultural community. 

In this episode we talked about:

  • Lee's personal journey, including finding out she was pregnant as a single woman right after her cancer treatment and how these experiences influenced the path she took.
  • The difference between alpacas and llamas and the intricacies of raising farm animals.
  • Lee's farming success, the ways in which she’s diversified that business, and how she’s using the knowledge she’s gained to help others.
  • Her literary pursuits as an author, with her second book about to launch.

Throughout our discussion, Lee offers invaluable insights into the joys and challenges of running a business, raising a child as a single mom, and writing a book, and so much more!

Lee's interview is a profound reminder of the power of passion and the faith you need to make your dream(s) come true. Lee's understanding of and conviction in her passion was all she needed for the opportunities to unfold, leading her in the right direction and ultimately fulfillment of her passion through her farm business.

Join us for this enriching conversation as we delve into the life and legacy of Jane Lee Rankin, a beacon of hope and inspiration in the world of agriculture.

Other ways to find and connect with Lee are:

Email: [email protected] 
Phone: (828) 963-1662
Book a tour: 

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