We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenny Farhat and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jenny, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
The thought process behind starting Harvest Peace was to create a way to help the people who are being affected by the Occupation and Military Oppression happening in Palestine. The business was more of a second thought. It has been quite a learning experience.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Overall I am a humanitarian and social rights advocate. This carries into the work that I do. Prior to starting Harvest Peace I worked in production, both shooting and producing media focused on positive social change, specifically human rights issues. As a first-generation Palestinian-American I have long disagreed with the oppression happening in Palestine. Starting an olive oil company that gives back to Palestinian farmers was born from here. It can be challenging to balance starting and running an olive oil brand while also continuing my work as a documentarian. In short, there is never a lack of things to be done. It is a lot of work. Knowing my “why” is important. I believe my work has meaning and this is “why” I do what I do. I have to remind myself of this often. Like anyone I get tired, feel defeated, and overwhelmed. I can not emphasize knowing “why”. you are starting something before you do it.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We are fortunate to have so many amazing things to do in and around San Diego. A week long visit from a friend will most likely include eating at Birds Eye Kitchen and Fish 101 in Leucadia. A horseback wine tour in Temecula via Saddle Up Ranch and a surf session and sunset brew at Beacons.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have to give credit to my wonderfully diverse family. From Southern belles to middle eastern immigrants, my family is an eclectic bunch, and despite their varying outlooks they encourage and support my growth along the way. They have allowed me to witness different cultures which defines the work I do today.

Website: harvestpeace.com
Instagram: @jennyfarhat

Image Credits
Kai Diaz

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