Several years ago when we lived out west we survived continuous seasons of wildfires. For a few years it seemed like some part of California was always on fire. One year we were evacuated for nearly a week. Our home went unscathed.
Our friends, Jasmine Richardson and Eric Franks, weren’t as fortunate. Their beautiful remote cabin in Big Sur, California went up in flames. You can imagine how relieved we were to learn they escaped without injuries. At least not physically. Everything they owned was inside. Their microgreens greenhouse gone too.
What’s amazing about this creative beautiful couple is that they never look back. Once they got news about their home, they kept right on driving north and ended up in Ashland, Oregon where they quickly (within weeks) rebuilt their microgreen business. Including their greenhouse.
Their book, “Microgreens, A Guide to Growing Nutrient Packed Greens,” was relased right after they arrived in Oregon. What timing. It didn’t take long before they were selling their healthy vibrant greens to the local co-op and surrounding restaurants. Within a couple years they outgrew the area and headed across the country to live closer to family.
Their path has been clear. They are passionate people. Molding a life centered around growing food gives them a profound sense of connection. In what feels like no time at all they have built a thriving microgreens business in Pennsylvania . And they will tell you that anyone can do it.
It’s been terribly exciting for us watching them grow and grow and grow. From apprenticing on “Horse Power Farm” in Maine, to working side by side with Eliot Coleman at “Four Seasons Farm,” to starting their microgreen business in 3 different cities and writing a fantastic book. They know the power in doing what you love!
Their book will show you how to get started growing on your windowsill. That’s how simple it can be and it’s where it all began for them!
Now they produce their greens for 25 restaurants with many more chefs waiting to jump on board. This year they hired their first employee. In the meantime, they had 2 beautiful joyous boys. What a treat it is to watch friends prosper, and I think I can admit, “they’re just getting started.”!
After reading their informative book we started some microgreens and loved having fresh edibles to add to our salads. Delicious! We passed their book onto a (then) Polyface apprentice, Matt Robertson, who was on his way to intern with Eliot Coleman. We enjoy sharing informative books and we thought it would be a good introduction to Four Seasons Farm.
Anyone longing to find an easy introduction to growing greens, will find their book to be a fantastic tool!
It’s so much fun wondering where there business will be one year from now.