~Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food~
Introducing "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food"! We will introduce one of our farmers and their favorite seasonal farm product with each spotlight, to help you get to know our farm team. First up...Marie!
Marie is one of the lead farmers at Freedom Food Farm. She helps manage our CSA, farm retail operations, livestock and medicinal plant growing.
She grew up in eastern Pennsylvania surrounded by farms. A deepened interest in farming was sparked by her work in the public health field - she studied medical anthropology in college and continued to do public health research for the next six years. For Marie, it makes sense to look at food through the lens of health, to see food as medicine. “So many of the public health challenges we face can be solved through food,” she says. “Herbal medicine is traditional medicine. There’s a lot to learn from plants...they’re really good teachers. We often think of them as weeds but they’re healing and impactful in people’s lives.”
Working to maintain and build Freedom Food Farm is part of working to build a healthier community for Marie. What Marie finds special about Freedom Food Farm is that we are working to produce a full diet, year-round for people. "That’s very unique about the farm", Marie says. “It takes a lot of dedicated farmers and hard work to make that happen.”
Her seasonal pick from the farm is our lemon balm - it makes a wonderful tea, she says, an antidote to the stress of the world. Our CSA members can come pick lemon balm now from our herb garden!