Lily Hill Farm is located in southwest Michigan at: 32260 – 88th Avenue, Lawton, MI 49065
Originally, the farm consisted of an old farmhouse with an ancient, falling-down barn and 57 acres, 14 of which were vineyards. We – Jim Jenzen and me – bought it in 1987. It has been an adventure ever since.We turned the old barn into a place where I could teach, but we never had enough sense to quit building, so now it’s a 20,000 sq. ft. bed and breakfast with private rooms & baths, a small cafe, a classroom, library, massage room, exercise room, and a fabulous kitchen for making real food. If you’d like to visit, need a place for a family reunion, or are looking for a place to have a wedding, give us a call.
Lily Hill Farm was built as a demonstration of how to live a little more sustainably. We have been organic since the early 1990s, grow much of our own food, and have several different heating and cooling systems that all work as backups for one another. We have our own well with excellent water, and have installed 2/3rds of a solar system. There are 3 levels of electricity – full commercial, partial commercial, and emergency only. The floors are heated, the rooms are full of light, and the building is an amazing place, designed and built by Jim, who was an energy-saving freak back in the days when no one else understood that we had to live more lightly upon the earth.
We know how to make our own clothing, weave rugs, make quilts, preserve food by canning or freezing, dry a variety of herbs, make our own soaps and lotions, make our own music, build houses, barns, furniture or whatever, heal ourselves using natural methods, raise chickens and cows, and other skills that would allow us to be self-sufficient if we needed to be, all of which nurtures security. The goal is to maintain balance and stay in tune with our environment, not taking more than we give, and not ruining things for the children, plants, and animals that will follow us.