Heart-warming holiday gift ideas | Loving Local

I was thrilled when Daven Lee, founder and owner of Milk + Honey Soap contacted me and StoryPortrait Media to create a visual storytelling package for her business. Milk & Honey received a $30,000 grant from the Venture Acceleration Fund and Finance New Mexico and was able to put a piece of that towards marketing efforts. Her story and the story of her business is both beautiful and idyllic. There are cute kids and adorable goats. There are sensual raw materials such as honey, milk, and flowers. There is real entrepreneurial spirit and a business plan that embodies that spirit, that combines creativity, craft, family, the land, and community in a way that generates meaningful income and jobs.

At the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market, one of Daven’s most public vending spots, Saturday’s are a bustle with people experiencing the lotion soaps for the first or fiftieth time. We wanted to try to convey the sweet smelling, feel good, delicious experience of using her product, so we made a short piece with that intention.

This specific project has got me revved up about buying local, and that even buying something like SOAP and LOTION can represent so much more. That when I buy locally, I shop responsibly, in a way that aligns me with my community, environmental, and personal values. It means something for how children are raised, it means something for how business owners have an opportunity to work together, it means something for the land, for the animals, and for our own entrepreneurial visions. I invite you to support small business owners and of course I wholeheartedly recommend Milk + Honey lotion bars and soap for you and your loved ones, so that you can delight in more than just a gift, but the knowledge of knowing that your money is activism. Shop Online at: Milk & Honey Soap and ask your favorite gift and knitting shop or natural grocery store to carry her products. Enjoy!

I also want to acknowledge the other businesses that Daven and Milk + Honey Soap utilize and collaborate with. Check out their sites and products too! Steve Wall, Buckin Bee Honey, Kristen Davenport of Boxcar Farms for the calendula, and MaryAnn Andrews, Dream Catcher Ranch and Retreat Center

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