Welcome to Locally Grown! Locally grown introduces you to the people and stories behind local Lake County Businesses. This month we have gotten to know Lisa Moser. Lisa is the owner and creator at Tumble Down Farm. Today we are going to learn more about Tumble Down Farm and it what “Where our Stories Unfold” means.
Lisa Moser of Tumbledown Farm wants to encourage us to spend time in creative and restorative pursuits at her beautifully renovated historic farm in Old Mill Creek. Lisa, whose three children have left the nest, remembers what it was like to be a busy mother of young children. She invites parents caught in the tumults of everyday life to ‘tumbledown’ into a stillness that invites creative expression and rejuvenation at her farm. I visited Tumbledown to learn more about Lisa’s upcoming classes and glean some advice for other aspiring entrepreneurs.
When Lisa and her husband Rick moved from Glenview, they were looking for a quiet location away from lots of neighbors. They found the 1776 property near the intersection of Route 45 and Milburn Road and began the process of lovingly restoring the home. As the original Jake Strang homestead, the property had also been home to the Bonner family before becoming vacant for many years. There were many repairs to be made, but Lisa found that the practice of slowing down and embracing the process gave her an opportunity to rejuvenate. A former teacher with a master’s degree in Child development, she soon began to think of Tumbledown Farm as a place where others could visit, enjoy creative pursuits and simply “be still.” Thus, Tumbledown Farm was incorporated.
What classes will Tumbledown Farm offer this fall?
In August and October, Cheryl Besenjak from Growing Healthy People, will complete the last of her continuing Gardening Series with two classes: Fall Harvesting and Closing up the Garden in preparation for next spring.
In September, Beverly Gordon from the University of Wisconsin, will offer Writing From the Inside: A Continuing Exploration and Soul Collage. Beverly focuses on weaving personal experience with cultural events in a way that encourages intuition and personal imagery.
Starting September 15, Dr. Lisa Swanson Reitmaier will begin a cooking series entitled Food for Your Health. In response to her son’s ADHD diagnosis, Dr. Swanson developed a series of classes designed to demonstrate easy healthy cooking choices. Her classes (limited to 6 participants) include:
- Mediterranean Diet for a Midwest Mentality,
- Healthy Fats and Oils
- Soups and Bone Broth for Warm Winter Nights
Lisa will again be hosting classes on painting, and mosaics, as well as a six-week writing and meditation workshop. To learn more about any of these classes see the workshops tab on her website.
As I wrapped up my visit to the serene homestead, I had one more question for Lisa: What advice would you give another mom starting a small business?
“Find a mentor and get REAL feedback about your idea.” Lisa recommended Diane Testa at Koi Consulting Group. Diane helped her formalize a mission and vision for the business. “This is what every new business owner needs. Find someone who will hold your hand and help you get started,” she says. “Don’t get a friend who will sugar coat everything. Be willing to take criticism and get over being afraid to ask for help.”
After that, be prepared to be patient. Lisa says it could take 3 years for things to really get going. In the meantime, be willing to look at the process as a learning experience. There’s nothing to lose if it doesn’t work out. It’s important for our children (especially adult children) to see that mom is still willing to try new things and keep learning. Take every lesson and grow with it.
Disclosure: Tumbledown Farm is our featured Locally Grown Business of the Month. This series of features is part of a paid partnership with Little Lake County. Contact littlelakecounty[at]gmail[dot]com if you are interested in featuring your own locally-owned business in our series.