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Check Out Angélica Maria Hernández de Cross’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angélica Maria Hernández de Cross.

Hi Angelica, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
It was our first date. As we sat at that fancy restaurant in San Francisco, before the wine hit the table, I said to him, “before anything else is said, I need you to know three things about me.” ‘”Number one, I’m moving home to San Diego, two, I plan to adopt a child someday” and the third thing I mentioned is still a mystery till this day to us both.” He then replied, “I can move to San Diego, is there land there?”

We then got married, left our tiny San Francisco home and bought a 30-acre fixer-upper ranch in Campo, located in the San Diego mountain region. Since that day, we have been working day in and day out to finish the property, plant a vineyard and build our mountain top wedding venue slash event space. When it’s all said and done, we will have two casitas you will be able to AirBnB and a beautiful event space on our little mountain top. Did someone say goat yoga? I’m joking. But yes, we have a barn and soon, we will have two alpacas named Waldo and Waldorf, who will call it home. Hacienda la gorda coming soon.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
No! Did I mention we are two city kids renovating the property ourselves?! Being a retired contractor from SF, my husband is the man for the job, but me? I’m a kindergarten Dual Immersion Spanish teacher who loves her job and did not see this coming. Well, yes, I did sort of, but it’s just a lot of work. Septic system? A well? Not only is the remodel/build an animal of its own, living in the country has also presented its fun challenges. However, whenever I’m exhausted and don’t see the end in sight, I look around at all we have done so far and feel extremely grateful for this opportunity. I know our loved ones must think secretly we are absolutely bonkers to have embarked on such a big project, but there are also those who see our vision and remind us that what we are doing is something no one else is, like “pioneers” she said. I remember those words and keep on.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
When I’m not pretending to know my way around a drill, you can find me in the classroom. I have been a bilingual kindergarten teacher for ten years and love what I do. I am very passionate about bilingual education and enjoy bringing a taste of Latin culture through language into the homes of my students. My students and their success is what I’m most proud of. This past year we did the impossible, teach 5-year-olds via zoom on the big screen while having the other half of students in person sitting on the rug in front of me. But we did it! And I couldn’t be more amazed at what my kinders achieved this year! Go cubs!

What matters most to you?
My dogs. And of course my family, friends and food. One of the main motivating factors for what my husband and I are building is to create a space where families as big as ours can gather and celebrate together. We absolutely love hosting and with a little tequila, have so much fun doing it. Did I mention we had a four-day wedding in Jalisco? The hacienda we were married at is our main inspiration for our mountaintop venue. We hope to bring that kind of hospitality to our little Hacienda la Gorda someday.

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