+ 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! This will be my third year being a full time farmer.
+ THE YEAR AHEAD +
In 2020 I told you about my miscarriage and my need to go to part time at the farmers market. Well, true to form, I still managed to do too much last year-- I was more balanced (somewhat) but was still far too overworked and stressed. This year I am only planting half of the garden and continuing to focus down on the variety of crops that I grow in large quantities for market. I will have lettuce and cherry tomatoes of course, garden starts, microgreens, herbs, some potatoes but not nearly as many, but will likely not have any garlic this year. I didn't plant any this past fall, I may try to plant a little this spring but I haven't done that before and I don't know how well it would grow. I grew far, far, far too much of it last year and it was a major source of stress.
I am excited to announce that I am going to be selling herbal tea blends this year! I am in the process of developing the labels for the packaging and creating tasty blends from the herbs that I dried this past year!
I will continue processing our fruit for jam, as well as continue making the Plant Power Salve.
My primary passion is to produce food direct for the consumer- you. While I do sell to Upland Brewing Co, 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:
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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