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Liz and Rich Mason

Liz and Rich Mason

When Liz and Rich Mason started Honey Bee Hills Farm in September 2017, they had no previous farming experience. "We learned everything from the internet, books, and local farmers," says Liz. A little more than a year later, the farm, which is officially certified as USDA Organic, produces five acres of fresh organic produce, honey from 10 beehives and eggs from a flock of 80 chickens. "

"We love farming in Caswell County. We’re close to markets and customers in the Triangle and Piedmont, and we’re also part of a growing, active and connected Caswell County farming and local foods community," says Liz. "As entrepreneurs, we’ve counted on resources like Caswell’s Inspected Community Kitchen and peer networks like the Caswell Women in Agriculture, just to name a few."

Honey Bee Hills Farm sells at farmers markets in Caswell, Orange and Chatham counties, at restaurants, retail markets, and wholesalers. They run the Caswell CSA - a weekly delivery service with pickups in Yanceyville and on the farm. The CSA will be expanding to Roxboro in 2019.

Both Liz and Rich have professional backgrounds in international development management consulting. "While that may seem like a world away from owning and managing a farm," says Liz, "we’d like to think it prepared us for finding creative solutions to challenges in a resource-constrained environment."

To learn more about Honey Bee Hills Farm – and see what it really takes to make a startup farm thrive -- visit @honeybeehillsfarm on Facebook
Interested in visiting? Honey Bee Hills Farm is located at 531 Henry Warren Rd., Prospect Hill, North Carolina and can be visited by appointment.
Call (919) 907-8143 or email farmers@honeybeehillsfarm.com.

by Monica Doss, February 12, 2019