When Jon and I first started Honest Field Farms, we found ourselves quickly and unexpectedly embraced by a wonderful group of Guardian [Small Business Owner] Angels made up of local farms (like Simpler Thyme) and small businesses (like Homegrown Hamilton). These folks gave us incredible advice, fed us when were weary, and told us every mistake they made humbly and openly. To know them and listen to their advice made us better farmers and better people.
Two of these amazing people were (and continue to be) Beth and Mike of Homegrown Hamilton. We started supplying them on the very first day we opened business. They took our produce and turned it into delicious, healthy, wholesome meals in a welcoming space. They also allowed us, without charge, to use their space as a CSA drop-off. Perhaps most wonderfully, their dedication to local food extended beyond their support of our farm. They also fed us when they knew we needed a meal. They gave us great advice. They supported and encouraged us.
They did this all while managing a business, supporting their staff and a community of artists, activists and customers, and raising three beautiful daughters.
They have always gone above and beyond to support their community. I have often asked myself, when can we do the same for them?
As you may have heard, Homegrown Hamilton needs a new home. Their lease will not be renewed and they are incurring a dangerous and unexpected number of costs to find a new location.
To help with these costs, Homegrown has launched an Indie Go Go campaign. I strongly encourage folks to donate. It's an investment in maintaining an important and welcoming space in our city. It's an investment in supporting a company that models ethical business practices. It is also an investment in a local business that has been supporting local talent, farms, businesses, organizations and workers for years.
I hope you donate. I know that we will.
Thanks and best wishes,