Did you come from a farming/gardening family? Can you share a story about that?
I grew up with very large gardens that fed our family of 6 throughout the entire year. I remember my dad plowing the fields, helping him plant the corn (all the pink dye on my finger…ick!) and lots of weeding. I love shocking corn and peas and then helping my mom can tomatoes and green beans for the winter. I was often at my grandparents cattle farm as well, mostly playing hide and seek in the hay lofts with my siblings and cousins, while my grandpa, dad, and uncles put up the hay.
When did you first know you wanted to be a small farmer?
It took me a long time to come back to the earth. After some time running from all that I loved, I found myself again as I planted, weeded, harvested, and cooked while staying with a dear friend and horse farmer in Beaver Co two summers ago. I loved “playing in the dirt”, being outside, feeling my body, and watching all the plants as they grew. I loved the creativity of using as much as we possibly could and the generosity of sharing our bounty to others in our community.
What was your first farm-related job?
Here at Cherry valley organics is actually my first farming job and I absolutely love it. After more than 20 years of working and 2 other careers, I have found what I will do the rest of my life.
What do you like most about farming?
What I love about it, is to see the tightly woven connections that are happening in our environment all the time and getting to be a part of those connections with intention. I get to chat with the bees while I’m weeding, ensure healthy plants are harvested at the right time, and make sure they all have plenty to eat and drink, especially during this dry summer.
What do you like least about farming?
So far, I’m truly loving it. There is so much to see and do, so many things to learn and while the work is hard, it’s never been so rewarding.
What’s your favorite crop to grow?
I don’t know that I have a favorite. I am enjoying learning so much about many different herbs, what they are used for, how to harvest them and keep them healthy week after week. I also love to watch the veggies grow from these little seedlings we plant to colorful, delicious, healthy food.
Share what your average day is like on the farm.
Oh, I bounce around quite a bit. I’m lucky enough to help on the herb and flower team as well as the veggie team. Each day is different but there is rarely a day without water, whether I’m watering newly planted seedlings or cleaning freshly harvested lettuces for the shares. There’s lots of water!
What has made you feel the proudest to be a farmer?
I’m grateful to be working at a farm where I love who we are, what we are about and how we are making it happen. All of us are dedicated to ensuring that our share holders have high quality, locally produced foods in a sustainable way.