The Homestead Story
A small team of husband, wife, boy & dogs. Cedar Hill Homestead rests a top a hill 20mi west of Nashville. Not your ordinary ‘farm’, their property is full of wild Tennessee Natives as well as some untamed invasive species. Their collaborative passion is ethical foraging. It meets somewhere between a well seasoned Italian chef gone wild and a Tennessee native with generations of regional medicine. Each of their products harvested with care and minimally packaged in recycled material. From the forest, to their kitchen & out into the world with intention to facilitate healing and mending our connection to the plants.
Francesco & Victoria both grew up in the south, where plant knowledge was common knowledge. In Victoria’s words, “knowing what’s beneath your feet, what to nibble on and how to use it is not only a birth right, but a super power we all have access to”. Victoria dove deep into herbalism at age 15, self treating endometriosis and quickly learned that all of the powerful plant allies she needed to heal were already her closest neighbors. Around that same time, Francesco had begun his journey into culinary arts and fell deeply in awe of the flavors in wild foods. When they met many years later, their passions merged and supported one another. They consider themselves permanent students and forever allies to the forest, understanding that the vast knowledge in this area is full of endless new possibilities. And that, they exclaim, is why they are homesteaders. “To homestead, is to be so self sufficient that even your projects & livestock are somewhat self sufficient”. “Why do you think we built a business around our family?! Because our business would not be sufficient if we weren’t all an integral part of it”. Cedar Hill Homestead’s motto is, “We believe strongly that to make an impact on the world you must first take care of your tribe so they may do the same. The South is our tribe and simple, regional medicine is our offering”.
A couple of Tennessee Naturalists who love foraging and can’t help but to create.
As creative homesteaders we aim to make simpler living and a more natural lifestyle available to city slickers too. We offer re-wilding classes, primitive camping on our land as well as foraging and identification walks.
Everything we make is inspired by the beauty around us and made using botanicals native to Tennessee. All of our products are ethically harvested by us and our little one and minimally packaged using recycled glass & labels.
We do not just blend ingredients, we make the ingredients or we don’t make it at all.