Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am a Orthodox Christian nun and co – own White Field Farm. I’ve been a nun for about 9 years and always felt a passion for offering to women in need on a larger scale than my own faith community.
What exactly is White Field Farm?
White Field Farm is an all natural home and body product company that offers support to women survivors of all abuse, domestic violence, human trafficking, and addiction.
What inspired you to start White Field Farm?
The journey of White Field Farm has been long and is still unfolding. We wanted to be a community of sisters that offered support to our local community, but we didn’t know exactly how that would look. We began making soaps and selling them to support ourselves around 2013. As our business grew, we decided that we wanted to use our business to help women and offer them a job and employment in a safe, loving, accepting environment. Simultaneously, we began to learn about human trafficking and how it is in every neighborhood in our country. White Field Farm officially launched as a social enterprise in March 2016 when we hired our first employee, a survivor of human trafficking. As we continued working with survivors, we found that the issues around human trafficking are very broad and far reaching, inspiring us to open our doors and mission to women who have survived abuse, domestic violence, and addiction as well.
How did you come up with the name?
The name of our business, White Field Farm, is a biblical reference to a parable where Jesus Christ says that the fields are white for harvest (meaning there is a lot of work to do), but the laborers are few. This is how we have often felt in our lives, specifically in the work we do. This feeling only grows as the years have gone by and we have done more work. There is so much need, and there are so few people working to support women survivors.
You offer employment and job training to women survivors of human trafficking; can you tell us about that?
The main premise of offering support, both through employment and job training as well as material needs, to women survivors is that they are vulnerable, have been exploited, and are in great need. No matter the situation—extreme or not—the common denominator is that women who have suffered abuse need a chance, whether that’s a job, job skills, a loving and understanding environment, or something material.
Is there a favorite product?
We nuns love the Charcoal soap. Overall, our biggest seller is soap.
What is your favorite part about running White Field Farm?
My favorite part is having the opportunity to experience life around such brave, strong, courageous women who are trying to climb out of the pit of exploitation and abuse. They are our fuel to get through our own struggles, and they are the daily inspiration that keeps White Field Farm going.
What is your least favorite part about running White Field Farm?
Running a business isn’t easy. There’s a lot of hard work all the time. We are constantly trying to be competitive in a saturated market, stay on top of orders, inventory tracking, business growth—it can become super overwhelming. But like I just said, the women we serve are worth it, and they are the way we get through it all.
How do you spread the word about your company?
We do our best to advertise our company through social media.
Do you have any advice for fellow entrepreneurs?
In my experience and perspective would say that if there’s a purpose to your business, something that makes it more than just making money, it’s easier to keep going and growing.
Do you have a favorite quote or go to saying? 🙂
Something from my dad (a fellow entrepreneur): “Keep your head down, your mouth shut, and your feet moving.” Good advice for many different situations.