The Business

Do you know anyone that started a business, but they really didn’t mean to? Well if not, you do now.  That would be us.  My husband and I own a bath and body care business, Hummingbird Farms, Ltd.  But – it's an accidental company. We didn't sit down and plan it all out. We didn’t put together a business plan and meet with investors or bet the farm on a new start up.  Our business evolved.  It truly is a business of love.  I know that sounds cliché…  But, it is true.

Our first year on the farm we planted several acres of lavender.  We really had no grand plan except to perhaps participate in some farmer's markets and maybe even open the farm for "pick your own" tours.  That same year, which began with such exhilaration of beautiful fields of lavender, ended with the air being knocked out of our sails when I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.  

Early in my treatment I began having severe skin irritability, and it was then that I immersed myself into a self-education of common cosmetic ingredients.  Always being a "products" girl, I wanted to understand more about what I had been slathering all over my body for 38 years. More importantly, I wanted to understand why I couldn't get relief for my own inflamed skin, even with prescription creams. Through my research I became quite concerned and started being more cautious of not only what I was putting in my body, but on my body as well.  

So it all evolved from there.  And an evolution it was.  Those lavender flowers provided us with so much inspiration for our first line of body care, and as they say - the rest is history.  Here we are today with clean and natural body care products that are elegantly packaged and feel like luxury.  I truly believe I have a responsibility:  If you are seeking out clean products we have something for you, or - if you are seeking out pretty packaging, we have something to offer you, too, but with a bonus:  good, quality ingredients that are creamy and luscious and good for you.  It is  my way of giving back as a breast cancer survivor.  And being farmers, we wanted to focus on American agriculture by selecting plant-based ingredients as much as possible, not synthetic, laboratory created ingredients.  Our commitment is to develop aloe-based body care products that properly balance your skin, that are scented naturally with essential oils, no synthetic fragrance or perfumes, no dyes, no added water, and no harsh preservatives.  

One product at a time and one customer at a time, this wonderful business simply evolved.

  • Lavender Body Oil No. 6

    Friday, August 25th, 2017

    Lavender Body Oil No. 6

      There is so much to love about this body oil y’all, and I am SO very proud of it! It is called No. 6 because it contains 6 powerful plant ingredients plus Vitamin E – and that’s it! It’s a simple formula with a [...]
  • The Original Hummingbird Margarita

    Sunday, September 18th, 2016

    Hummingbird Margarita. Literally.

    Debi on the deck at Hummingbird Farms with her beloved Standard Poodle 'Big'.  It is September in the Texas Hill Country, a beautiful time of year.  But - I am having empty nest syndrome.  Literally.  My hummingbirds have flown [...]
  • Debi & Jack on QVC set; first airing, 2/2/15.

    Monday, August 29th, 2016

    An Accidental Meeting

    Driving up to QVC Studios on 5/18/15.  First Time.    So as I am sitting here watching QVC, I am a little bummed that I was delayed in making a decision to order an Isaac Mizrahi moto jacket.  Just as I clicked 'submit order' I [...]
  • Debi on QVC, April 2016.

    Friday, August 26th, 2016

    Insomnia, Earrings, and QVC!

    There has been a joke inside my family for years anytime one of them asks me where I got something new, and there is usually a typical response before I speak:  "Oh don't tell me - QVC!" I have been a QVC shopper for years.  It all started [...]
  • 'First Light' by Sarah Janece Garcia

    Friday, May 22nd, 2015

    And so the legend goes…

    I have always been enthralled with hummingbirds.  My mother would always hang up feeders when I was a child, so I guess it was only natural when I "flew the nest" and set up my own housekeeping that I, too, would do the same.   As an adult [...]
  • Sunday, February 15th, 2015

    It was like Christmas on Valentine's Day….

    It has been a little hectic around the farm lately, but all in a very good way.  Thanks to you, our business had a very good holiday season, followed shortly after with market in which we gained more new wholesale customers.  Our days and [...]
  • Dallas Market Center

    Monday, January 19th, 2015

    Two Orchids and a City

    Whew! Are we ever tired…. But - a good kind of tired.  We just got back from the Home & Gift Show in Dallas at the World Trade Center.  It was a great show for us and we made many new friends and made some wonderful contacts. [...]
  • Friday, December 5th, 2014

    Hummingbird Farms Thanksgiving 2014

    "A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body. "  ~Benjamin Franklin  
  • Photo courtesy of Best of Fredericksburg

    Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

    You know you're from a small town when…

    It is days like today when I realize how nice it is to be living in a small town.  It is two days before Thanksgiving and I had to "go to town" for errands.  So before I go any further let me say how much I love saying "going to town." [...]
  • Sunday, October 12th, 2014

    Who is Julia 1933?

    Now that our Julia 1933 collection has hit the shelves, we have many folks asking us where the name came from.

The Business