Our conversation with Wild Beet Farm taught us a lot....
GSM: How did you get your start in the business?
Emily started playing with bugs and picking raspberries in her parents garden as a kid....Jen was introduced to farming at her elementary school where they worked in a greenhouse. She has worked on organic farms all over Europe through the WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) program.
GSM: What is something our market goers would be surprised to know (aka fun fact!)
Our dog Phoenix digs up most of our potatoes. Just kidding:)
GSM: What does sustainability mean to you? How have you integrated sustainable practices in your business model?
Sustainability means giving back what you take, in terms of working with nature. We strive to build healthy soil since we work ours intensively, by adding compost and tilling a little as possible. As far as the business, right now being sustainable for us means keeping our day jobs while starting our farm so we don't go into debt.
GSM: Being a food producer can be incredibly difficult (I imagine!) - has there ever been a time during your career when you thought about throwing in the towel? What allowed you to overcome and continue?
This year I hurt my back which was difficult to deal with but I was able to overcome with the support of friends, family, and physical therapy. It taught me how important it is to take care of myself so I can continue the work I love as well as how grateful I am to have the support I do.