Meet Grower: Alexis Williams

Did you come from a farming/gardening family? Can you share a story about that?

My grandmother had me outside a lot as a kid teaching me different flowers and helping her with maintenance tasks. She was very passionate about her landscaping which has been instilled in me since I was young!


When did you first know you wanted to be a small farmer?

I was on a field trip in horticulture technology school after I realized that dental hygiene school was absolutely not for me. We went to an urban farm and I pulled my first carrot out of the ground. That day made me passionate about growing good, healthy food.



What was your first farm-related job?

Working on a farm in Penn Hills, where I grew up, growing Italian greens.


What do you like most about farming?

Having a daily relationship with the earth that I would normally put off if I were in any other field. It is really important to me to have a different appreciation for what the soil, sun and water do for the plants and I.


What do you like least about farming?

Getting sunburnt and having a backache from bending!



What’s your favorite crop to grow?

Radicchio, or anything green in a head (aka cabbage, lettuce). I like squeezing all of them to ensure their readiness!


Share what your average day is like on the farm.

Observing the dew on the leaves, the plants, the bugs, the sun. Enjoying whatever weather the day brings. Cultivating, harvesting, taking a few moments to appreciate my life.


What has made you feel the proudest to be a farmer?

That I am providing the folks of my community with delicious, carefully grown, all natural food. I am passionate about people eating good food. Everyone deserves it.


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