A loan of $10,000 helped increase our lamb flock, stock up on extra winter hay, and buy bulk pig feeders.

Molly & Mike's story

We are Mike and Molly Peterson and we both grew up in rural Illinois where we met in high school: Molly needed a homecoming date one year and we've been together ever since!

Mike spent time when he was younger on his Grandparents dairy and Molly grew up with a menagerie of animals of assorted variety. We both, however, never realized that farming would become a profession, desire, and way of life. Mike was born with a strong appetite so his career choice needed to involve food. A culinary arts degree and many years in high-end kitchens as a chef led Mike to become increasingly interested in the agriculture component of food. He loved cooking to nourish people but he needed the education on what exactly went into producing the food that he was using every day in the kitchen. With the intention to go back into kitchens afterwards, Mike began an internship at a local grass based livestock farm in Virginia. A yearlong internship then evolved in to an opportunity for Mike to take over management of that same farm and he never looked back.

During that time, Molly’s photography career was growing, and in a similar direction, with emphasis on local foods and agriculture. Molly began working on the farm with Mike not long after his management position started and, together, we dove headfirst into the direct marketing, care of the animals, and business growth ideas for the farm. Just a couple of short years later, we entered into a five-year lease agreement on the land and purchased the current meat production business and livestock. We worked with the farm owner and collaboratively constructed a lease arrangement to give us, as Heritage Hollow Farms, a start in this business and allow the farm owner to pursue some much needed down time. That lease helped lead to a second with a second family farm with a very similar arrangement to increase our pasture capacity about four miles down the road.

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About Heritage Hollow Farms, LLC

Industry: Agriculture
Years in operation: 6 months - 1 year
Website: heritagehollowfarms.net


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