+ HOW WE GROW OUR FOOD +
At Good Seed Garden we do our best to grow the highest quality food with the cleanest practices. Just like Great Grandma and Grandpa, but with cooler tools.
We do not use any herbicides or pesticides- ever. We practice small scale crop rotation and create our own compost so that we can continue to provide a healthy ecosystem and habitat for the wildlife while we farm. In total we farm 1/4 acre.
+ HOW GOOD SEED GARDEN WAS STARTED +
How did I get to be Farmer Lorraine? Well, it seems to be the norm anymore that whatever you went to college to do you end up doing something completely different and the same goes for me. I went to the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, OH for Interior Design. I really like planning things out, making them orderly, functional, and pretty. However, by my senior year I was obsessed with health and wellness. I graduated and then the market tanked.
While working many jobs through the years, I participated in a community garden, started a couple small businesses that didn’t go anywhere for various reasons, and continued to learn all I could about health, wellness, self sufficiency, and homesteading.
I got married, moved to Indiana and started working at a local retail store where I honed skills in time management, leadership, and merchandising. I continued reading and discovered market gardening- high density planting on small acreage! The store allowed me to do the farmers market while I worked full time in 2017. I left in 2018 to work part time at my local gym and farm full time, in 2019 I left the gym to work 100% full time on the farm!
+ THE YEAR AHEAD: 2023 +
In 2021 I told you about my miscarriage and my need to go to part time at the farmers market. I did this 2021 and 2022 and it has worked well (mostly) and reducing the garden definitely helped. However, as I have not been able to retain help throughout the growing year a lot of pressure has come back and with us still trying to conceive it's not a recipe that ends well. So I will be reducing my farmers market presence but... GOOD NEWS! I will have a cooler with produce and eggs available at My Whole Kitchen- run by Kristen Guyman- new teaching kitchen in Columbus at Washington and 12th in the Factory 12 building. I will also be looking into shelf space at other small retailers for my jam, tea, and salves. This year I will have lettuce and cherry tomatoes of course, garden starts, microgreens, herbs, some potatoes- more than last year, and Garlic!! I know many of you missed it last year and the break from growing it was needed- but never fear- we will have garlic this year! As well as the jam, tea, and salves!
My primary passion is to produce food direct for the consumer- you. While I do sell to Knauf Cafe and other local vendors, I want to primarily sell to you and get to know you and your family. With that end in mind we are focusing on selling more direct to customer than ever before.
We are available at:
My Whole Kitchen- onsite cooler pick and purchase
Columbus Farmer's Market, and through our website,
Market Wagon.com- on online farmer's market that serves central Indiana and Bloomington,
Hoosier Harvest Market- another online farmer's market that serves central and southeast Indiana.
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