So, meet Jay Hill. Born and raised in Southern New Mexico, he’s a farmer, husband to Katie Hill, and dad to 11-month-old Harvest Lynn. From humble beginnings growing onions on a patch of his dad’s land, he has now moo-ved on, raising cattle (bad joke intended, #sorrynotsorry) and cultivating crops over two farms — one in New Mexico, and one in Texas.
Read on to learn how Jay manages to feed thousands of families — including his own — and why he feels that the land is his calling.
Where Did It All Begin?
“I grew up on a farm — but it was only 10 acres, so it was not a large farm,” Jay says. “More of a hobby farm! But being in that environment and learning to operate equipment really whet my appetite for farming.”
And by the tender age of 16, Jay had begun his first agricultural adventure — using those 10 acres to cultivate onions. How did he manage to achieve that at such a young age?
“I had a lot of help! We had a family friend who owned a produce company, and they were the ones that said, ‘If you’re going to dive into farming, we can guide you’. They really helped from start to finish, with everything from seed depth to irrigation cycles and knowing when to fertilize… I learned a lot from them.”
This first taste was enough for Jay to catch the farming bug — already, he knew that a life on the land was for him.