Jay Hill is Cultivating Big Changes

If you’re involved with the agriculture community of New Mexico, you’ve probably heard of Hill Farms. You may even know Jay Hill by his photography. The young farmer has built a huge, loyal following on Facebook thanks to his phenomenal photography that shows the every-day life of a farmer in Southern New Mexico. His skills have reached millions on the platform. He’s also an excellent farmer and heavily involved with the agriculture community of the Mesilla Valley.

Early one morning, in the far southern end of the valley, Jay and his crew were out harvesting hay. The field was full of activity, but Jay took a few minutes to hop out of his tractor cab and chat with us about how he got involved with agriculture, what he loves about it, and what he has planned for the future. Read what he had to say:

NMDA: What inspired you to get involved in agriculture?

Jay: It’s been from an early age when I was just playing in a sand box and watching the neighbors as they would cultivate crops, harvest crops, and be able to provide food for the local economy. They were playing with big toys that I always aspired to play with myself and it kind of cultivated my dream to be a farmer.

NMDA: What’s a typical day for you on the farm?

Jay: Everybody always asks what a typical day looks like and there’s no typical day! Every morning when you walk outside with a cup of coffee in hand, you don’t ever know if you’re going to be out in the middle of a field baling, or harvesting onions or fresh lettuce, or picking chile. There’s no really easy way to put a thumbprint on exactly what we do on a day to day basis.

NMDA: What are your long term goals in agriculture?

Jay: My long term goals in ag would be to continue to grow our operation, to employ great people, and to continue to provide good tasting healthy produce.

NMDA: What advice do you have for young people who want to get involved in agriculture?

Jay: You can’t be afraid to take a risk. Agriculture is one of those interesting industries that the harder you work the more you’re rewarded, and there’s not very many industries that are left like that. The door is still wide open and if you want to put your foot in it, agriculture is still here.

NMDA: If you were to have five minutes with an influential policy maker either at the state or federal level what would you like to discuss with them and why?

Jay: I would probably like to discuss the disconnect between what we as producers grow, what they perceive we actually grow/ and how we grow it. I would like to see maybe a little deregulation on some things. I would like to be able to explain the process of exactly where their food comes from.

For more information about Jay, his photography, or his farm, connect with him on social media here:

Hill Farms Facebook
Jay Hill Photography Facebook
FARMesilla Facebook

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