When I started my own vegetable garden 15 years ago, I was just like any other home food gardener. I wanted to grow my own organic food and have fun doing it. Like many California gardens, mine has hard, clay soil with low nutrient density. The hours I spent digging and turning it didn’t bother me because I what I lacked in knowledge I had in enthusiasm. I reaped moderate results, but had enough fun doing it to inspire further learning. Back then, there was no google (imagine!), so I armed myself with some good gardening books, and discovered that most savvy vegetable gardeners recommend raised beds. Why? Because they create much better drainage and aeration than conventional ground planting. Your soil stays loose and light, so your plants get more rooting space. And bigger roots mean bigger plants with more fruits and vegetables. So the next season I built my own raised beds, filled them with good organic planting soil, and sure enough, I got double the harvest. If there’s one thing it taught me, it’s this: A ‘green thumb‘ is nothing more than a little knowledge applied to nature.
Over the years, as I expanded my garden, started composting, and grew more, I began to better understand the natural connection between all living things. From the soil microbes to the worms, from the flowers to the birds and the bees. They’re all giving each other a ‘leg up’ in a perfect cycle of exchange. I began to realize how organic growing practices allow these ecosystems to thrive and how industrial farming destroys them and diminishes the quality of our food and our environment. The more I read and observed, the deeper I came to believe that growing even a little of our own organic food is one of the most powerful contributions we can make to both our health and our planet. It made me want to help anyone who feels the same way, and I know there are many. So in 2008 I opened the doors on what is now MinifarmBox™.
My passion is to get more people growing by making it easy for them to start. And my personal commitment is to provide great products (all made in the USA) at a fair price, with a promise to give as much free help, information and support as I can.
I believe strongly in sustainable business as well as growing practices. All our products are made here in the USA from 100% renewable Cedar sources. Our seeds are 100% Certified Organic, and our customized drip irrigation kits (made in California) are the most water efficient you can buy.
Anyone who has ever shared a harvest knows what a great feeling it is to give back. Last year Minifarmbox ™ donated 10% of it’s profits to school and community gardens. I get such a kick from seeing the joy that gardens bring to people, I want to do more of these projects. This year, I am working on the 50:50 build-a-garden program. If you can find a sponsor (or are one) to come up with 50% of the funds to start a school or community garden, I’ll match it. If you are interested in being a sponsor or learning more about our 50:50 build-a-garden program you can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best wishes and happy growing!
Owner and founder, MinifarmBox LLC