Teresa Gallo developed many talents and interests growing up in Florida, Kentucky, Indiana and finally Illinois. Among these passions were cooking, event design, and organic gardening. After attending a northwest suburban Chicago high school (where she initially met Ben) she decisively chose to pursue a business degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Her goal was to create a solid foundation for her professional future, which she hoped would incorporate one (or maybe even all) of her life’s passions. Milk & Honey Farmstead is the perfect avenue to marry these deep interests of Teresa’s, while also contributing her ideas and energy to an organization founded on the values of quality and transparency. Teresa has a broader vision for what Milk & Honey Farmstead will become; a lifestyle brand representing natural and sustainable living, as people get back to basics – with style!
Karen Guerriero was born and raised in The Bronx New York by parents who embraced the benefits of organic food and the health movement in its early years. Karen not only lived with an overwhelming respect for the many benefits nature provides in the way of nutrition and lifestyle products, but also passed those values onto her children. Cooking for her family has always been Karen’s ultimate expression of love! Her quest for the highest quality, and absolute best organic food sources exposed her to farm fresh foods, and she knew this was something she wanted to become involved within a truly meaningful way. As a successful businesswoman, Karen keenly recognized that the farm fresh food movement is here, growing and gains momentum every day. She joined as a co-founder of Milk & Honey Farmstead because her desire is to be an integral part in the growth of this movement, along with her daughter, Teresa.
Growing up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Benjamin Rustman was slightly out of the ordinary due to his innate interest, and respect, for animals. As a teenager, he also developed a true passion for farming and gardening. Ben took those interests and went on to attend the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where he studied Agriculture & Consumer Economics. He spent countless summers working on farms, learning everything he could; being on a farm is where he first met Scott Comstock who invited him to become a co-founder of Milk & Honey Farmstead. The ‘farm life’ is also where he developed a deep understanding of all aspects around successfully managing a farm. These experiences are all reasons why he is a co-founder of Milk & Honey Farmstead.
Scott Comstock was born and raised on a farm in Wisconsin, so farming has not only been a major influence, but a way of life for him. The fruits of the earth are part of what now – proverbially – runs through his veins. When Scott experienced serious health issues, his eyes were further opened to the undeniable benefits and real nutritional value of eating organic, homegrown food. He realized after gaining back his health, that there is an important need and desire for transparent sources to provide local, farm fresh food throughout the Chicagoland area. His vision and passion is the reason that Milk & Honey Farmstead exists! Scott’s lifetime of experience and expertise is an invaluable asset that ensures the highest quality and standards of practice for Milk & Honey Farmstead, and for our customers.