My passion for growing food fuels me daily. The love for seed in soil started so long ago… and still burns deep inside.
I never tire of fulfilling the potential each piece of land holds to provide nourishing food that brings family and friends together over the dinner table. And I never take for granted the bounty we are able to coax from Mother Earth — whether a healthy bed of baby arugula or the first summer tomato.
There’s nothing like hands in cool, earthy medium or the scent wafting from the soil as it sifts through your fingers on a warm Spring day. Nothing compares to the sight of a freshly-prepped garden bed that will organically morph into a French Impressionist work of art. And there’s nothing that equals the experience of growing and harvesting your own food, then preparing and enjoying it fresh from your own patch of land and by your own hands.
These are the experiences I want to pass on to you with each and every robust, Certified Organic vegetable seedling I grow. And it’s the beautiful bonding experience you pass on to your own children (no matter their age), who can learn how to care for their own transplants and grow their own wholesome snacks.
Whether you are a CSA member, a market regular, or purchase ad hoc veggies from a farm store or online farm stand, you directly connect with your farmer and your food. But when you garden, YOU are the connection.
Even though I raise tens of thousands of seedlings each year for my CSA farm shares, these are just some of the reasons why I also sell them directly to the public. Truth be told, one way or another, I just want to get good food in your body! But I also want to:
1. provide access to hard-to-find delicious heirlooms and off-the-beaten path varieties not found at local garden centers.
2. be a resource who will happily give fellow gardeners advice and encouragement.
3. encourage eating quality, nutrient-dense foods and cutting waste by supporting the best way for your family to include more produce in your diets — whether by purchasing fresh picked, growing your own, or both.
So what started every April as a way to help neighborhood gardeners by selling our transplant “overstock” has now ballooned into our annual Baltimore County Spring Plant Sale, culminating in our Spring Festival (this year on May 15) with live music, demos, farm fresh food, and farm tours. Over the years, I’ve expanded our veggie transplant selection to include herb and flower seedlings, and new this year, I am excited to be hosting a gardening class.
I never could have imagined how far my farm has come in the simple mission to share good food raised with love! And to think, this all started with the simple desire to see what I could grow for my family and my neighbors one seedling at a time.