40th Anniversary Farm Visits & Grower Profiles
by Lynn Byczynski
In observation of Johnny's 40th anniversary, we are celebrating the intelligence, integrity, and spirit of ingenuity of our core customers. Throughout the year, we will sharing an in-depth look at leading growers' overall operations, covering aspects of the grower's business such as distribution channels, crop selection, growing practices, business model, and agricultural trends. In Farm Visits, we highlight the way a customer grows a specific crop, or uses a specific tool, or plans for, grows, and harvests in a unique or especially interesting way. In Grower Profiles, we look at the entire operation of a specific grower. Join us each month this year, as we visit with and share the insight of today's growing leaders in the field.
May 2013 Grower Profile
Pleasant Valley Farm, Argyle, New York
April 2013 Farm Visit
Mark's Melon Patch, Dawson, Georgia
April 2013 Grower Profile
Louie's Pumpkin Patch, Skövde, Sweden
March 2013 Grower Profile — Living Water Farms, Strawn, Illinois
Denise and Kevin Kilgus started gardening when they were married 30 years ago. Over the years, their efforts ranged from a backyard garden for their family of eight children to a collaboration with other local growers supplying a local grocery store. About 5 years ago, assessing the amount of work they were doing in the garden, the Kilgus family decided it was time to either get serious about market farming — or give it up. They got serious. Today they operate Living Water Farms in Strawn, Illinois, which consists of 9000 square feet of hydroponic greenhouse production.
February 2013 Farm Visit — Circle Fresh Farms, Denver, Colorado
Our February Farm Visit was with a grower consortium based in Denver, Colorado. Circle Fresh Farms has developed an innovative marketing arrangement in which regional farms work together to provide year-round availability of certified-organic, hydroponic-greenhouse tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce. Thanks to its success in the Denver metro area, Circle Fresh Farms is thinking about taking its model to at least two other cities later this year and expanding from there.
January 2013 Grower Profile — Freedom Farm, Freedom, Maine
Our first Grower Profile highlights the work of Daniel Price and Ginger Dermott, owners of Freedom Farm, in Freedom, Maine. They share with us their expertise in growing chiles and sweet peppers, some insights into how they've developed their distribution channels, and their advice to aspiring growers.