This farm is my baby (along with my three real babies), my passion and my life and I want to share it with you.
I've been a lot of things in my adult life...a restaurant manager, a barista, a high school biology teacher and of course a mom...but I always knew in my heart that farming was what I wanted to do.
As a child growing up in upstate New York I helped my dad with our big garden. In California there were always edible landscapes and half barrels I tended. As a Biology teacher I taught from a garden right outside my classroom, hosted the garden club and wrote a grant for a greenhouse. My friends and I dreamed of having a cooperative farm where we grew our own produce and shared it. The ‘Ranch’ dream was fueled in our college days of Napa wine country explorations in awe of what we saw being grown and farmed.
After moving back East to be closer to family, we found a small farmhouse in northern Baltimore County. A place to grow food and family. Didn’t know it would become my livelihood— I was just thrilled to have a flock of chickens and land to grow all the food I wanted.
At the time I grew food for my family. But the farmhouse we bought was zoned agricultural and in order to keep that zoning active (which I thought was important for the value of the property) I knew I had to make some money from it. I suggested we buy a few more chickens for egg production. My husband said, sure how about 6? I bought 25.
I started selling vegetables and eggs at the local mom’s club I belonged to and when I met other moms over play dates they were interested in buying vegetables. My first CSA was born from the moms I met through my children.
In 2012 I graduated from the Beginner Farmer Training Program through Future Harvest CASA. And that was it, I was hooked. I was a Farmer.
Which brings us to today. The farm is a thriving, growing, working entity. It is my livelihood and how I provide for my family. My parents moved across the street, my dad helps on the farm, tinkering with the machinery and my mom is an essential support for me and the kids.
The farm is growing. This hard, gratifying work keeps me connected to mother earth and to myself. Feeding people feeds my soul. Every year, the CSA has more new members. We help connect our community to their food source. We help people know their farmer. We help close the gap and give people the knowledge they crave about where their food comes from, understanding how to live sustainably with respect for the environment and the earth.
I love being a farmer.
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