Y'all, you brought me to tears for so long yesterday that eventually there were no more tears left. My family and Jana and I are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of encouragement and support that is flooding in. We cannot keep up with the emails, calls, texts, messages, etc. but please know we feel the love!
We have received a good number of questions from people wanting more details. Obviously there is more to the story. But for legal and financial privacy reasons we are not able to share those details. We wish we could. It would help you make sense of this a bit more, but we can't. Trust me. I want to scream it from the rooftops. Many have mentioned that they want to know details so they don't find themselves in the same situation. You have nothing to worry about there. This was what I am calling, the perfect storm. There is just no way this could happen to anyone else like it just did to us. I know that's vague, but I hope it brings you comfort. What happened to us won't happen to you. Please farm on, my friends, without fear. And, please know that we tried everything to save the farm within the timeline we had to work with in the attempt to decrease the overall impact on our family, staff, community and customers. We are devastated and we know you are sad too.
In order for us to move forward and recover from this very frustrating situation and figure out next steps for our family, we must quickly sell our home, search for a new place to live and get settled in somewhere new. The timing is such that we need to list our home quickly to catch the spring market season and be able to move and get settled somewhere before a new school year starts. We just don't have time to do anything other than move on. For every creative offer y'all have sent our way to save the farm, thank you.
We set out to create a community around regenerative agriculture. And, it was happening. We wanted people to feel as though Hills of Milk and Honey belonged to individual community members just as much as it belongs to our family. It was happening. We wanted everyone to begin to feel connected to each other in real life. It was happening. And, it was absolutely beautiful to witness everything and everyone come together. It is not a surprise that there is much confusion and sadness from our community. Hills of Milk and Honey was your farm too!
The outpouring of support has come with requests for how the community can help. Although we cannot "save the farm," we can make this transition go smoothly without losing sight of the mission. This link lists ways you can help. Click through and see if anything speaks to you. It has been compiled from ideas sent to us over the last 24 hours. The community's offers of help are overwhelming and humbling. We appreciate you very much. More than you can possibly imagine.
Thank you Hills of Milk and Honey Friends!