News for 2016 - Meet Maggie's Farm New Partners
Many of you are aware that changes are coming to Maggie's Farm, with Diane Morgan working on her campaign for Cleveland City Council in Ward 14. We have a 2 year plan to transition the farm to keep it going after she is elected and will be devoting her time to serving the residents and businesses in her ward.
We have worked hard over the past 4 years to build a great urban
agricultural oasis in the Stockyards neighborhood. Much labor,
soil building, feeding people, community building and educating
our neighbors and friends on the importance of local naturally
grown, has gone into growing Maggie's Farm.
To keep Maggie's Farm growing and serving the community, we are introducing two wonderful young women who will be taking the helm of Maggie's Farm. They are true partners in the farm. Decision making, marketing, planning, everything that goes into a successful growing season are now shared by Diane and her new partners. Check out our new CSA for 2016.
Introducing, Katherine Schultz and Nona Ethington!
In 2015, Katherine completed the OSU Extension’s Market
Gardener course, graduated from The University of Akron,
and joined the ranks of Cleveland’s urban farmers.
Previously, she distributed local food throughout northeast Ohio and gardened extensively. She also has several years' experience with environmental conservation in the Southwest.
Her artistic ventures include a guide to foraging and guerilla gardening in the Rubber City. Sometimes called the “Kale Fairy”, you may have spotted Katherine sowing seeds in unexpected places around town.
Nona Ethington recently returned to NE Ohio and is currently reestablishing her roots in her native soil. In her time away she received a Master’s of Environmental Science and Policy from MESPOM, volunteered (WWOOF) in Poland, Russia and England, and traveled extensively.
While living in England she was a director/member of the cooperative organic vegetable farm, Moss Brook Growers, while also working as coordinator for Feeding Manchester - an organization working to create a more sustainable food system.
Nona is eager to use her experience to contribute to Maggie’s Farm and the local food economy. When she’s not farming you can usually find her at the library.
Katherine and Nona bring to Maggie's Farm great experience,
talent and a passion for growing. Together we are working on
production planning, evaluating the CSA and how we can improve
upon it, how many we can realistically handle while providing
quality, growing for market, which markets, and partnership
opportunities with other providers. All the decisions and work
will be handled by our team. This is a very exciting time for us
as we move forward and grow together.
Look for our announcement regarding our CSA availability in the next few weeks, a list of what we hope to grow, farm stand hours, markets that we will be attending and special events that we will have planned for this next season. Thank you to everyone who has supported Maggie's Farm over the past 4 years, we hope you will continue to support us as the next chapter of Maggie's Farm unfolds.
Maggie's Farm In the News:
Interview with Grant Segall Cleveland.com - My Cleveland.
Check out the feature from WKYC with Erin Kennedy.
The feature in the Plain Dealer by Debbi Snook.
Diane Morgan - was honored to be one of the 100 Faces of Ohio Women in Agriculture in 2014.
We follow Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) for food safety. You can view the guidelines here.