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A few years ago, two New Yorkers, out on a drive through the countryside, happened upon a beautiful old farm near a picturesque village. The farm called out to them, and on seeing the For Sale sign, they bought it. Soon after, they both lost their jobs. As the farm was all they had left, they had to figure out what they would do to keep it.

Then a letter came to them from, John, their next-door neighbor. He was losing his farm to foreclosure. Since they had an empty farm, would they be willing to take in him and his eighty goats? Yes, they would, and they did, which led to opening their business with sales of handcrafted goat milk soap. The line of products they offer has grown over the years. Among the body creams and shower gels have been added pottery, weavings, spring goat cheeses, jams and pastries, all made by the local artisans introduced to them by John.

What is now known as the Beekman 1802 company was founded on the beliefs that living with purpose and kindness matters. Their motto: Work hard, don’t give up, help your neighbor and you will be successful. They call this both the most simple and hardest recipe for life.

Who is our family?

“Then Jesus’ mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, ‘Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.’ And he replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking at those who sat around him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.;” Mark 3: 31- 35

About the Author

Photo of The Rev. Cory L. Kemp.

Photo courtesy of The Rev. Cory L. Kemp.

The Rev. Cory L. Kemp is founder and faith mentor with Broad Plains Faith Coaching. Cory, employing her signature Handcrafted Faith program, supports ordained and lay women leaders in visualizing, understanding and strengthening their beliefs, so that they may know, love and serve God and their communities with generosity, wisdom, and joy.

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