January 20th, 2017
Ralph Holweck and Gail Tyree got into farming to grow their own healthy, nutritious food. They started with raised beds in their garden, but everything changed when they bought their first tower garden. As they learned new ways to grow food, the operation kept expanding. Before too long, they had made changes around their property to accommodate several more towers and an indoor microgreen system.
A desire to keep their food as clean as possible led the urban farming duo to install a state-of-the-art water filtration system for the whole property. Water that is free of fluoride, heavy metals, and other pollutants is at the foundation of everything they grow. They keep their growing process free of chemicals or pesticides. The addition of a pergola with custom-cut aluminet shade cloth allows them to regulate growing temperatures – keeping things moderate in the heat of summer and protecting from the occasional freeze or frost in the winter. The elimination of pesticides and chemical fertilizers on their property has brought about some added benefits as well. Ralph and Gail have seen the return of bees, birds, butterflies and other beneficial wildlife in the garden.
With their urban farm producing even more abundance than expected, Ralph and Gail have started selling to the Homegrown Coop, bring their living greens to the Audubon Park Community Market, and growing custom microgreen trays for restaurant clients.
On Monday nights, you can pick up tray of living microgreens, carefully cut into trays for easy use at home. The salad blend is a balanced variety of vibrant greens, zesty herbs and other nutritious veggies. They also offer trays of flavor-packed micro-herbs, which can be used in a variety of recipes.
You can meet the farmers in person every week at the market, and follow their farming journey on their Facebook page.