Philosophy of Nye Hill

As a certified organic farm, we are committed to providing the healthiest, highest quality produce while honoring our respect for the land we steward.

We believe those are mutually, beneficial commitments. We aspire to the principles and practice of holistic care. We believe that good farms are spiritual places and that good farmers are honorable men and women whose hard work and sense of community personify agriculture and set it apart from agribusiness.

From Michael Phillips, The Holistic Orchard, 2011: “Farming wisely essentially means we are working to heal. To make things whole. To foster the connections among the birds and the bees and the trees and ourselves. Producing fruit is not about manipulating Nature, but rather about fostering Nature. Acknowledging an element of reverence in the process of growing food for ourselves makes everything we do for the plants and the soil a sacred act.”

That pretty much says it all.

As a place of peace and harmony, we are humbly committed to the well-being, care, comfort and dignity of all creatures entrusted to us.

Francis of Assisi said “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” Nye Hill is, as we’ve said, a commercial operation. We sell what we produce. That in part supports our parallel mission to provide sanctuary to farm animals abandoned, neglected, old, sick, unwanted.

It seems, to us, quite right.