Hello there! I'm Carla, co-founder and owner of Oak Hill Farms. My partner in this adventure is my husband Rich who is my true love, best friend and biggest supporter. Here is our story and how we came to start our company, Oak Hill Farms.
Back on December 31st of 2012, my husband ended up in the hospital due to a heart issue. He used to call me every day when he left work but on this day the phone call was different: “Please call 911, I think I'm having a heart attack". My face turned white, my body started shaking and my mind was thinking the worst. At this time, I didn't even know where he was and wasn’t able to send an ambulance or even drive myself there so we had to hang up not knowing if we would even hear each other’s voices again. He was able to call 911 and the ambulance and police arrived quickly. Then he called me back to let me know he was being transported to the closest hospital. We spent New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in a hospital room with no doctors or answers and ended up being sent home without a diagnosis.
A few days later, he told his story to someone he had met through work who actually was a very well known retired doctor who then pulled some strings and got Rich into his personal cardiologist for a second opinion. We went to see the doctor together and got the news. Rich needed an emergency surgery to clean out his main artery and possibly install some stents. He told us that in fact Rich had a minor heart attack over New Years and was extremely lucky.
I remember how hard I prayed and how thankful to God I was to get this second chance. Rich had a successful procedure and a completely new perspective on life.
We decided to take this chance God was giving us to live life in a healthier happier way. To enjoy the little, simple things. To love harder and complain less. To live each day to the fullest and create longtime memories. We started looking for a house. A house that would have a little land for a garden, to raise animals, and have space for our girls to run. A house that we would make our home!
After a few months we found it. Our own home. It needed tons of work but we were up for the challenge. It was perfect for us! We then got our puppy, chickens and our goats. We started that garden and even became beekeepers! We changed our lifestyle and started eating better and enjoying life more. As we both work stressful jobs we try our best to leave our work at the front door as much as possible.
We went back to basics, living more naturally. I always made an effort to buy the best ingredients but after spending hours at grocery store looking for healthy foods I found myself struggling and barely understanding the names in the ingredients on the labels. I would feel frustrated and complain to Rich, so one day he asked, “Why don't we make our own?” That was it! So the next day we started trying soap recipes. Our best decision ever. Not only did we have a blast doing it but it worked! What a difference it made to have real natural ingredients. Then I started experimenting with candles. I have always considered myself a candle junky so I opted for a solution to still have a fragranced home but with a clean burn without chemicals. Next we went on and added our lip balms, lotions, rooms sprays and now we have an entire line of wellness products along with home decor. And of course, HONEY!
We are so excited to share our line and our lifestyle with you and we welcome you as a friend. Enjoy Oak Hill Farms. Sincerely,