Dave Dutton and Sonia Sola’s Story
Nectar Hills Farm is incredibly picturesque, with 200+ acres of pastured rolling hills, natural bubbling streams and crooked heirloom apple trees. It is the epitome of wild beauty. From the front steps of the 150 year old farmhouse it is easy to make out herds of sheep and scottish highlander cattle, seen as moving specks along the vast countryside. Curious pigs root through scattered brush with their babies in tow and two large emu birds step cautiously and proudly around the barnyard. Chickens and ducks cluck and waddle across the driveway enjoying their free range to the fullest, while the lone peacock seems to always be on his own personal mission. Grapes hang on a vine outside the kitchen door and near that stands a peach tree with fresh and fuzzy fruit. Throw in a few rescued dogs, a couple of friendly cats, several goats and three handsome horses and the joyful lively abundance has just begun to be summed up.
The combination of tending animals and vegetables, while attending their local farmer\’s markets (one of which they have tabled for 8 straight years, year-round!) and keeping part-time hours at their local boutique store, makes little time for working on their creative product ideas. Sonia and Dave have dreamed of countless value added creations that will include some of their heirloom organic apples, wildflower honey and sheep\’s milk. They have the knowledge to do this now, but not the facility. What could really help them move forward with their mission is the creation of a small commercial kitchen/processing area on their grounds. We are asking for $2500 for material costs for this project. Specifically to go towards flooring, ventilation and stainless steel sinks and counters. Help with any one of these costs would be monumental. We believe that they could go far with this boost and that it would give them a renewed hope and allow their Farm to continue further along into its fully realized existence. We know that the kitchen would benefit many community members and farmers in the area and beyond and could help create a educational model for generations to come.
The potential of Nectar Hills is as large as it\’s splendor and that is truly a lot. Dave Dutton and Sonia Sola have been making this vision a reality for the last ten years. They moved from the city with plans to live the good and hard life and they have done just that. With just the two of them raising their organically grass fed livestock and vegetables, their daily chores are daunting and admirable. They continuously serve their community with quality food and information on grass fed animals, bio-dynamic gardening and with the example of staying committed to their beliefs. Their kindness and constant reaching out to other farmers with collaboration ideas makes them the most eligible people we know to receive help for their farm.