**Michele Niesen opened the Habersham Hacienda in 2007 after a 2 year renovation. Relocating from big city Atlanta where she was chef owner of two critically acclaimed restaurants, The Supper Club and Billy Goat's Cantina, she was one of the founding businesses of downtown Decatur.
After a decade of being a restaurateur, she escaped to rural Northeast Georgia and took on the 7 acre property with a groovy mid mod block home built by the concrete magnate Carroll Milam in 1959. The pool was filled to make way for a compost and permaculture project. The overly maintained lawns were turned into pollinator friendly meadows with wild herbs and flowers. The old shed became a hen house. The upstairs became an artist's loft and Airbnb.
The grounds hosted weddings and family reunions. Native grasses and trees thrived and the entire property was completely pesticide and fertilizer free for 13 years. The big central kitchen was used for cooking classes and it is here that Niesen developed Momma Daisy Oil for her line of wellness plant medicine apothecary products
A storied career with a diverse background, Niesen has been a PR political writer, a chef, an event planner, published author, newspaper columnist, merchant association coordinator, urban redevelopment community manager, farmers market manager, home renovator, reiki and herbal healer, and most rewarding, a dog rescuer.
*(The Hacienda sold March 2019 and I am on a adventure with my dog in a minivan writing a book and enjoying some great hikes and food. Taking a break is not easy and something I'm not accustomed to but I think I'm getting the hang of it. Stay tuned!)
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