Katie Brandt is co-owner of Groundswell Community Farm with her husband Tom Cary
I’m looking forward to a winter of planning to make the farm better! My favorite parts of being a farmer are working with our great farmworkers, reading seed catalogs, harvesting and driving the tractor. It has been great to see our second farm site transform into productive farmland and to learn which crops prosper there. Every season, I hope for a bountiful harvest and NO FLOODS. I also enjoy playing outside, reading books and playing with Leland, who will turn 5 in August.
I grew up on 80 acres of woods and wetlands and recognized a deep need for the country when I moved to Ann Arbor for college. This led me to work at farms in Tennessee, southern Michigan, Lansing, Grant and Jenison in summers, living in tents and camper-trailers. I had the city in the winter and vegetable farms in the summer. At one point, I worked at an environmental non-profit (WMEAC) which was a great opportunity, stimulating and really fun, but I was pulled back outdoors knowing just how much the farm life means to me. In 2006, I started Groundswell Community Farm with Anna Hoekstra.
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Groundswell Community Farm grows over 40 different crops and 200+ varieties, to provide our CSA members and Michigan restaurants with an amazing array of colorful and flavorful veggies.