About the Farm
Established in 2021
White Tree Farm is a dream come true for owner Heather Goforth. After spending a couple of decades doing corporate security for entertainment companies she decided to retire from that world and become a goat cheese maker. In 2021 her and her husband bought a previously existing donkey farm in Statesville, North Carolina. With no previous farming experience Heather, with help from her husband, started to rehabilitate their new property. After more than 2 years White Tree Farm became the first fully USDA certified goat cheese maker in Iredell County.
Heather Goforth was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia Pennsylvania. She graduated from Upper Darby High School and then perused her bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After graduating she began her career in corporate security leading her to become Director of Security for a large theater group in Philadelphia. During the Covid outbreak she made the decision to leave corporate security and pursue other dreams. Her husband Chris also ended up unemployed during Covid which created an opportunity for them to realize Heather's new dream of becoming a goat cheese maker. They bought the farm and the adventure began. Heather is now the owner of the very first fully licensed Goat Cheese Creamery in Iredell County
Chris Goforth was born and raised in Auburn Washington. Upon finishing High School Chris Joined the US Army where he became part of the first class to complete the newly formed Automated Logistics Specialists. This is where he found his calling in the computer world. After leaving the Army with an Honorable Discharge and returning to Washington Chris worked as a tow truck operator, a building framer, and a dispatcher for an alarm company before deciding to move to the Philadelphia area. After moving to Philadelphia he met Heather and they eventually got married. Chris spent the next couple of decades in various IT roles in and around the Philadelphia area. in December of 2019 his position at one of the banks was eliminated Heather and Chris decided it was time for a change. Chris began job searching around North Carolina. Chris and Heather vacationed there often and had previously discussed moving there so the time was now. Chris landed a job with a large retailer that helped with their relocation. Chris continues his work with this company while also helping Heather around the farm whenever possible.