A Smaller World, A Bigger Family
Murray Johnson is pleased that his family’s fifth generation farm is able to benefit other farmers around the world. The Johnson family lives in Western Springs, IL, but also owns Hilltop Farm in Chillicothe, OH. They are members of First Congregational Church of Western Springs. The church has been a long- time supporter of Growing Hope Globally. Many of the Johnson’s friends sponsor acres as part of their Growing Project partnership with farmers in Mazon, IL.
After hearing about Growing Hope for several years, Murray was inspired to start his own Growing Project at Hilltop Farms. He has been diligent about reaching out to his suppliers and inviting them to be involved. Nutrien Ag Solutions has donated some of the inputs for the project and Cargill matched his donation. He has also received previous support from a local John Deere dealership.
Murray and Diana Johnson have adopted children from India and have been excited to designate some of their Growing Project proceeds toward some of the overseas programs there as a way of deepening their connection. They have hosted more than two dozen exchange students from various countries and see supporting Growing Hope Globally as another way to make the world smaller and God’s family bigger.