Meet your farmers: Carly and Joseph Ledger. The universe brought us together in spring 2012 while harvesting petals for dandelion wine. We spent that sunny May afternoon giggling over homemade wine and sharing our homesteading dreams with each other. Over the years we continued dreaming and planning our future as farmers even though neither of us had any formal training. We got married in 2015, put a deadline on our dream, and began developing goals. Goals turned into plans and plans became reality.
However, we faced the challenge many young farmers face: access to land. In 2015 we humbly began growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers at a rented plot from the UW Extension Firefly Ridge Community Gardens. The learning curve was steep on that windy, sloped ridge. Today we continue to grow on that same rented plot and have learned a thing or two about wind and weed seeds.
Last season (2018) we expanded our high intensity production to just under a quarter acre. This manageable leap allowed us to keep our off farm income while continuing to invest in Aromatic Acres.
Our farm is not certified organic; however, we believe strongly in following organic practices on the land we steward. Our goals include building soil fertility and maintaining healthy soil biology while growing a safe product for our community.
All of life's stepping stones have led us to the path of urban farming. Carly's background in fine arts, conservation, permaculture and horticulture, as well as her day job in fund development have given her the necessary tools for success. Joseph's background in mathematics, banking, and viniculture, as well being the owner operator of an audio visual production company have prepped him for this venture.