- Author: Molly Nakahara
Sweet Roots Farm, located on Old Auburn Road in Grass Valley, CA, is a certified Organic farm specializing in vegetables, plant starts, and cut flowers. Deena Miller and Robbie Martin own and operate the farm. You can find out more about their farm, flowers, plant starts and produce at www.sweetrootsfarm.com. We spoke with farmer Deena and asked her a few questions about springtime on Sweet Roots Farm!
What is something you are enjoying eating from your farm right now?
We have been enjoying the first crops of 2015! Yum! Lots of arugula, mizuna, spinach, lettuce, kale, radishes, cilantro, salad turnips and lettuce. Basically, lots of greens!
Are you growing or raising anything new in 2015?
There are a number of crops we are growing for seed, possibly a new enterprise for us. On the produce front, we are selling mini sweet peppers wholesale for the first time, as well as spring cilantro. This year we are starting more plants for people's home gardens in 6-packs and 4” pots, and of course we are growing more flowers; more types, quantities, and colors- how could you not?!
What crops or tools are you leaving behind in 2014?
We really cut back on the diversity of our farm by deciding not to continue the community supported agriculture (CSA) program. We also got rid of crops that weren't pulling their financial weight for wholesale, as well as the ones we just don't do a good job growing!
What is your favorite tool?
Felcos. I love my Felco hand pruners and have had the ones in my tool belt since I was a farm apprentice in 2007. I also love my new tool belt as it holds: felcos, a knife, scissors, a pen, my phone and a notebook!