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Arugula, basil, beets, broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cucumber, Eggplant, Garlic, Greens, Leeks, Lettuce, Melons, Okra, Tomatoes|
While growing up in Johnston, IA, I tended a very small vegetable garden with my father and continued growing food as a casual hobby. During college I was lucky enough to have a landlord for three summers who let me make a slightly bigger garden, and quickly became hooked. I was fascinated with the diversity of both common and less common vegetables that aren't always available at grocery stores, and enjoyed learning how to cook with lots of new things. Convinced that there was a possibility I might want to take growing food more seriously, I started a new 1/6 of an acre garden in my Granpa's backyard on the south-side of Des Moines. I then made the garden larger the following year, and added two new plots in the yard of a close family friend in Johnston in 2014. In 2015, I moved onto a new farm in Johnston, where my father is also starting his hay operation, Saylorville Farms. The new farm has made it easier to start using more convenient and efficient methods of storing and managing the produce. In 2016 the garden now spans just over five acres.
I believe that eating local and responsibly grown food is the key to better health and a more sustainable economy, as many others at the coop believe. It's also just fun to have more options, more color, and more flavors in the foods that you eat. I am relatively new to the lifestyle of being a food producer, and am always striving to learn more. I enjoy sharing ideas, or a type of food or recipe I am excited about.
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I only use organic methods and inputs in my gardens.
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