How They Found Their Hill

 

We live in an area where there is a rich abundance of freshly grown food. When we met Shanon and Michael last year at the Auburn Farmers market, we were so inspired and excited by the work they do, that we wanted to share their story (and faces :-)) with you. They, like many of the farmers we have come to know and respect, have devoted their lives to give us fresh organic produce. We hope you enjoy their story about finding the perfect place to “lay roots.”

How we found our hill

Farming under the beautiful backdrop of the storm clouds this week reminded me of a little story about happy coincidences and how we got our name, Hillview Farms. During the very early planning stages of our farm our team was faced with an extremely daunting and nerve wracking task… What the heck should we call ourselves? How can we possibly choose just one name that embodies all that we stand for?… We wanted this name to capture the care and love that we would pour into our business, our commitment to grow the best produce possible, and last our appreciation for the beautiful community that we are lucky enough to farm in. Ultimately we chose Hillview Farms because it just so happens to be the name of the residential association that we farm in. The name Hillview Farms is an ode to where we spread our roots and to the community that lifts us up. We always thought it was quite comical that we called ourselves Hillview Farms, because in fact our farm was not on a hill nor did it have a view… we were actually in kind of a valley. Well paradox aside, the name stuck. We were hillview. When the time came to search for additional land to expand onto we discovered a beautiful property that checked off all our farm needs that just so happened to be perched on the side of a beautiful “hill” appropriately named Mount Pleasant.  It was by destiny that Hillview Farms found it’s perfect hill and view to live up to our name. 🙂

-Michael and Shanon

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