Get to know us!
Our small scale vegetable farm started in 2018 when the two of us decided we wanted to grow food together, and for others. In 2017, The Sinsinawa Mound introduced a beginning farm program and it felt like perfect timing to begin our endeavor. We lived in Dubuque, but we were ready and eager to farm on leased land. Prior to starting our first growing season, we each took on second jobs to save money for our farm's start up. With less than $3,000 we began our first season. Over time we have developed our CSA model. We started by selling at two farmers' markets and launched a Market Share CSA. In our third growing season we additionally offered a Traditional CSA & Fall CSA. At this point, we do not operate with loans but rather focus on farm efficiencies and our share member's contributions.
Andie has been passionately working in the food industry for over 15 years; from customer service and food management to working as a farm hand. Much of her recent experience stems from working in various parts of our local foods system at farms, restaurants, the Dubuque Food Co-op, and the Dubuque Main Street Farmers' market. She is co-founder of The Millwork Night Market, an evening farmers' market in Dubuque, IA. Andie has an associates degree in Business Administration from Northeast Community College (NICC). In 2016, Andie helped organize and launch a student garden at NICC.
Andie's passion for vegetable farming lies in her love for gardening and cooking at home. Canoeing, hiking, walking (especially with Cash & Opie), reading, and relaxing are also Andie's favorite past times. She is a native Dubuquer set out to do inspiring things for the community.
Ashley has over 10 years of experience working as a grower and organizer in Iowa, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Wyoming. She has managed greenhouses, community gardens, and not-for-profit farms. She was raised in Menominee, IL, a tiny town between East Dubuque and Galena, with her four sisters. Her parents always emphasized the significance of every life on their small hobby farm. Ashley truly enjoys the small things and moving at a pace slow enough to observe and reflect. This "snail" and her two dogs (Cash & Opie) have been together through it all. She is over-joyed to be farming with Andie and strives to farm in a way that gives her hope for the future.