Thanks for your interest in Meadowsweet. I’m Jessica, the woman behind the farm.
I grew up with a garden in the backyard, and was introduced by my dad to the smell of good compost at a young age. A lot of my childhood was spent playing in the sun and dirt. I’d like to say I was a good helper in the garden, but I have a clear memory of “rescuing” the collection of garden pests that my dad had plucked from his plants and put into a bucket of water.
I am a graduate of Oberlin College, where I majored in biology – “The Science of Life” always fascinated me, still does. In between years at college, I worked on a farm picking green beans and tomatoes, learning how not to weed the carrot patch. As semesters passed, I started getting into plant sciences and ecology, and became the local farm-liason for my dining cooperative. I had gotten the small-farm bug.
I am very happy to be growing vegetables for the Oley Valley and its surroundings, putting what I have learned in other places to use here. I am looking forward to the community that I hope will continue to grow around Meadowsweet Acres, and the local agriculture movement in the Oley Valley. A farm is a thing to be shared by many.
Thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged me this far.
I’ve had the pleasure to work with and learn from:
Red Earth Farm, Kempton, PA
Woodbelly Gardens, Morrisville, VT
the LePage Farm, Barre, VT
La Terre Bleue, Elgin, Quebec
the Rodale Institute, Kutztown, PA
Eckerton Hill Farm, Lobachsville, PA