The Farm Is Closing: How a stranger changed our lives

What happens when you commit the rest of your living days to a cause and then it all unravels and you can't do anything to stop it?

You are about to find out.

I believe so strongly that all humans should have access to nutrient dense food. And, I believe that food should be void of harmful chemicals. I also believe that in order to have nutrient dense food, we must focus on soil health. Furthermore, I believe focusing on soil health positively impacts climate change. Our future generations must have this information so they can make informed decisions about their health and wellness and care for the planet well. This is why I created my educational farm, Hills of Milk and Honey. It has been a place where the community comes to learn and grow. Children and adults learn where their food comes from and gain a deeper understanding of the importance of knowing and supporting a small, local farmer. And every person who walks out the door leaves here understanding why there needs to be a massive focus on regenerative agriculture.

If your family has purchased products, visited the farm, or been involved in any way, thank you so much for believing in this cause and taking part in our growing programs. Due to a crazy, unexpected and sudden turn of events, we are no longer able to operate our educational farm. This is a shock to us and our team and we are all very numb. We had passed the two year mark with the business, were in a great routine and looking forward to making a much bigger impact with massive plans we were excited to announce very soon.

Sadly, as we were moving forward with those plans, and going through each step of the process, we hit a snag. It wasn't anything we did that caused this snag. It was a frustrating combination of events that were completely out of our control and in the hands of others involved in the process. What was supposed to be a beautiful regenerative farm with a multi-use building that included a commercial teaching kitchen, event space, and more, ended up coming to a quick halt when a third party involved in the process caused a ripple-effect of problems after they made an error in paperwork filed. That error sent us down a road filled with so many emotions as we tried to get everything back on track with the help of an attorney. Sadly, that error made by an individual not only caused us to have to close our business, but also is forcing us to sell our home. It is surreal and we can't wrap our heads around what just happened.

It's unbelievable, really. One day we were so excited to be able to share our great news with the community, and the next day we started getting calls that began to change the trajectory of our lives. Life is weird that way. We trust that good will come from this and our family is embracing the unknown right now. We don't know what lies ahead, but we do know that our home will have to get listed for sale in just a matter of days, and due to that, we have to halt many of our programs here to allow for house showings. We also need to begin to sell household items, farm equipment and animals soon. We still have eggs for now and we actually have our meat chickens going to the processor on Monday that will need to be sold too. More details coming soon regarding how y'all can continue to purchase items while we have them.

Please know that if you have paid into an upcoming program here, you will be receiving email notifications in the coming days about whether the program will still occur or whether you will be receiving a refund. We will be processing all of those notifications and refunds as quickly as we can, and we appreciate your patience as we work with our bookkeeper to get everyone taken care of right away. Even after we submit refund requests through the system on our end, the banks still take a few days to process everything. We will be working on this as fast as we can! Some programs will be cancelled and some will occur or partially occur, so please check your email in the coming days for details.

We anticipate that we will be receiving an influx of emails and calls with this announcement. Please bear with us as there may be delays in working through the replies. In the coming days and weeks we will be not only shutting down the business, but also putting our home up for sale and looking for a new place to live. Again, we appreciate your patience.

This isn't the end of my commitment to teaching the next generation about regenerative agriculture. I will land on my feet and still be involved, so please keep following Hills of Milk and Honey for future announcements as I figure out our next steps. There is much work to do, and I am still all in for the long game. Apparently it is just going to look a bit different than I planned and I will need a minute to mourn the loss of what I have been working so hard to build.

This last bit I am going to share is the hardest. If you have been here or visited the Farmers Market, you know that my amazing Farm Chef/Farm Manager, Jana Muniz, is just THE BEST! As a chef, she wanted to be a part of the whole food process. She wanted to learn and experience the nitty gritty details of livestock care and soil health and use that information to teach the next generation through cooking. She is a gem and would be an asset to any organization that focuses on regenerative agriculture and food. I am heartbroken to have to let her go and I hope that you will support her, as I will, as she searches for her next step.  

From the bottom of my heart, please know that I appreciate all of the support these last several years. This community that has been building here is amazing and loving and so wonderful. I wish this sudden stop didn't have to happen. I wish I could fix it. I wish our family didn't have to move. Instead of dwelling on what has happened, we are focused on the future. We hope you will take what your family has learned here and go do good in the world. Support your local farmers with your dollars and your time. Vote for politicians who focus on soil health, nutrient density of food and regenerative agriculture. Plant a garden and grow your own food. Get involved in your community and be there for each other. That's what it's all about anyway!

With so much love and appreciation,

Farmer Amy