Milk and Honey is founded on
our love of goats and Mother Nature,
an appreciation for things
natural, handmade, sensual and beautiful;
and the passion to create a meaningful life
that will inspire others to do the same.
We never have, and never will, test on animals!As producers of our signature ingredients, the inspiration for our mission, and members of the family, our goats and bees are our most valuable employees and collaborators. Read on to meet our four-legged "Employees of the Month."
Responsible PackagingResponsible packaging is an integral part of Milk and Honey's vision. We work to design packaging that is practical, beautiful, reusable, recyclable, refillable, regiftable and made with eco-friendly materials. Whew!
Who are we?
|Daven Lee, CEO and Milkmaid. Ok, that’s me, so I’m just going to speak in the first person here. I fell in love with goats during my childhood in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee. Although my first goat (Sprout) only lived with our family for a short time, I was smitten (see pic on my Farm Life page). While in Glorieta, NM, I acquired goats and bees, put them together in soap, and began selling at the Santa Fe Farmers Market in 2005. Now living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, I have my own sweet little herd--and two adorable children.|
|Steve Wall is the beekeeper who keeps me stocked with 5-plus pounds of beeswax every week during the Farmers Market season. He has also been a beekeeping mentor to me—I’m really just guessing my way through this beekeeping stuff, and he’s the real expert. He says, “I started beekeeping about 12 years ago. I was given a hive by a landscaping client of mine, started reading and going to beekeeper meetings and just got hooked. I kept splitting hives and buying hives; now I have about 50. When I'm working with the bees I feel connected to the earth, the way I felt when doing horticulture. It feels real. It also feels important, like I'm a steward of the earth. It also feels good to sell a product I believe in; something natural and renewable.” His elegant, sculptural candles, as well as his honey and blocks of beeswax are always on display at the Farmers Market and can also be ordered by contacting 505-989-1197 or @ www.buckinbee.com. |
|Heather Harrell is the farmer who grows the most gorgeous organic medicinal calendula flowers I’ve ever seen. They turn the almond oil I infuse with them a rich deep golden color and they’re grown on her farm in Peñasco. You can often find her at the Santa Fe Farmers Market surrounded by white 5 gallon buckets filled with sweet pea flowers in jeweled tones of purples and pinks. She also has a line of carefully-crafted medicinal salves made with her herbs and beeswax from her bees. You can visit her website,www.fortheloveofbees.com.|
|Our Darling Taza passed away just after Christmas, 2009. She was our “best goat”—the gentlest, calmest and most easy-going of the girls. She was my son’s best friend, he likes to say. Taza came from a good goat friend, who accurately described her as having an almost human quality. When you looked deeply into her eyes, you knew it was true—great thoughts and feelings of compassion were right there. We still feature her gorgeous goat-smile on our website, business cards, and throughout our business. |
|Autumn also came from my goat friend, Francesca. She is quite gentle, and is gorgeous with her soft brown and white coat. She makes beautiful babies that look just like her, too. |
|Sula is Autumn's daughter, born in 2007. She is feisty, deer-like in her form and movements, and doesn't trust strangers. She is incredibly sleek and healthy, in the prime of her life. |