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Farmstead Holiday Party

Not only do farmers require ingenuity and creativity in dealing with issues that arise on the farm, today's modern small-scale, organic farmers must possess this same level of ingenuity when it comes to marketing and selling their products. Farmers must set themselves apart, create an edge in the market.

As a 5-foot-tall, spunky, single woman farmer with long dreadlocks, Andy Hazzard naturally stands out. After touring art fairs selling her jewelry and working in restaurants, Andy returned to her farm roots. However, her family farms conventionally, and she has blazed her own trail in growing vegetables, meat and heirloom grains sustainably. She graduated from Angelic Organics Learning Center's Stateline Farm Beginnings and is a CRAFT member, mentoring other farmers, and is a part of the Roots & Wings aggregation program, helping urban youth farmers grow watermelons at her farm. Check out the excellent short film that Our City, Our Story made about Andy.

Andy is not only a sustainable farmer with tremendous energy, integrity, and perseverance, she is a bright and savvy business woman who knows how make her farm, Hazzard Free Farm, stand out from the ever-growing crowd of CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) and market farms. She has done this by utilizing season extention growing techniques, using her restaurant knowledge and connections to sell directly to local food restaurants, as well as selling at market and having a delivery and pick-your-own CSA.

Andy and her dog working in the greenhouse

 This Thanksgiving, she partnered with Kate Gross of Ms. Mint Trading Post to create a Farmstead Holiday Market to sell heirloom grains and turkeys, organic Thanksgiving vegetable baskets, and more in the beautifully decorated 1918 barn with a roaring woodstove keeping everyone warm, excellent food and - to top it all off - music by Dirt Simple. Angelic Organics Learning Center was there, selling soaps, cookbooks, and more. Ms. Mint and Raines Honey Farm (see our Beekeeping 101 class on Feb 8!) sold their wonderful farm-fresh products as well.

We are grateful to Andy Hazzard and Kate Gross for inviting us to the 2013 Farmstead Holiday Party - it was a real treat! We hope to return in 2014!

 

By Jessie Crow Mermel, Communications Coordinator & On Farm Educator