“True Leaf Microgreens,” Phoenixville Pennsylvania

Growing Greens For Chefs

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.

One half of their greenhouse

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.”!

Jasmine Richards and Eric Franks, “True Green Microgreens Founders and Owners”

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.



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About Grace

Grace and her husband Michael manage Buxton a Polyface satellite farm. Her first passion is to align with radiant health. She knows intimately that when you have your health you can do anything. Next, her passion for vibrant healthy food and beautiful landscapes along with her interest in permaculture influenced Grace's decision to align with the Polyface farming model. With 20 years of experience in the healing arts, she feels growing food and pasture raising animals is one of the greatest healers and a true source of personal empowerment. It's been said, "if you're not living on the edge your taking up too much space." Grace lives joyfully on the "leading edge" surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the appalachian mountains where her and Michael steward 1000 acres with profound appreciation."

11 Responses to “True Leaf Microgreens,” Phoenixville Pennsylvania

  1. Craig Storms says:

    Grace … is there a way to get a hold of these guys ?

  2. Cyndi Lewis says:

    My Husband and I bought some micro-greens at the farmer’s market a couple of months ago! Loved them! We would certainly consider growing our own.

  3. Leilani says:

    Microgreens are on my ‘need to grow” list. Your comment about starting on a window sill is just the push I needed.

  4. wendy says:

    I’ve ordered the book!! Can’t wait to get it!! 🙂

  5. Sandra L. says:

    How can I get a hold of the owners and the founders?

  6. Elizabeth says:

    LOVE microgreens! But sprouts are my favorite because they are even easier to grow–in jars right on my countertop. But if I wanted a business, I would go for microgreens as well as sprouts. I do grow my sunflower greens and wheatgrass in soil, but the rest of my green food is grown in jars.
    Lovely article. Cannot wait to read their book. I assume it is in book stores?!
    Peace and Raw Health,

  7. Sharon says:

    Hello. I’ve purchased and read the book cover to cover and found answers to many of the issues I’d encountered previously when growing from seed indoors. One question lingers about the amount of time to use of grow lights. When I’ve positioned the lights 1-2 inches above the germinated seeds and set the timer for 12 hours, the seedlings spring up fast and furious reaching for the light leaving them weak and leggy. Thinking that maybe 12 hours is too much, I scaled back to 6 hrs…they don’t grow as fast but are still weak and leggy. Natural lighting is not an option as I live in the Pacific NW. I use seed starter mix which may not have the required nutrients. Any thoughts?

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  10. Martha ollar says:

    I cannot find the soils they recommend using in my state. Which of the usual (miracle gro, e.g.) ones on the market did they find most appropriate?