paul and i were married on our farm, 2 years nearly to the day after we signed the papers deeming us land owners. we were surrounded by dear ones from near and far, friends old and new, and had our first born (then a toddler) with us as we exchanged our vows. during the ceremony we asked that anyone moved to speak do so. many shared their thoughts and feelings on that august day. one friend, a dutch woman we met years before while living and working in indonesia, shared her joy with all in attendance as she realized she stood there in the midst of our dream. even then, over a decade ago, our farm still in its infancy, it was clear to those that knew us, we are actively, energetically, pursuing our dream.
we are solidly on our path now, just 2 weeks shy of completing our 15th year of CSA deliveries, our farm business thrives. we have built these acres from the ground up, erecting homes and barns and shelters and greenhouses. our family has grown, our farm has expanded and guess what? so have our dreams! we have this funny little habit of constantly stretching ourselves. looking back proudly on all we have accomplished in these 16 years here, we also look ahead excitedly to our next project: the hill and hollow farm stay.
an integral part of our work is cultivating community: the eaters that consume the food we grow, the young farmers who gather monthly for our CRAFT meetings, the apprentices that work and learn with us. short and long term guests have been a part of our lives from this farm’s beginnings. we know now that to truly further the educational work that we do, we need more infrastructure. we need the space to host, share and educate the ever growing number of folks that NEED to reconnect with their food supply and spend time surrounded by the simple restorative beauty of nature.
to that end, we have purchased an amazing property just miles from our main farm. we have actively begun restoring the hundred year old farm house to accommodate guests and now the time has come to renovate the old farm kitchen. we want it to be a certified facility to allow us to truly share all that we have to offer. in this kitchen we will teach guests how to make cheese from fresh milk and how to preserve the summer’s bounty. in this kitchen, we will cook and serve any and all that want to dine on foods fresh from the fields prepared with loving hands.
we are running an Indiegogo crowd funding campaign to raise money to complete this project. now, we are sending our message out far and wide: join us. delight in the excitement. consider a donation. dare to share this invitation with a friend. dive into the middle of our dreams. we want you to.