I started Glory Garden 5 years ago. Originally my goal was to grow as wide a variety of vegetables that I possibly could in order to meet all your produce needs.
Fast forward to 2017. The business was growing faster than a weed. I was overwhelmed. I had lost the vision and was seeking direction.
That's when Clint Brown and his sidekick Lauren Forsch came into my life as business mentors.
Last fall I had a pivotal moment when Clint brought me to the point of recognizing my limits. He said, "Anna, I want you to repeat after me. 'I am not a superhero.' "
"I am not a superhero, " I repeated.
"I need to ask for help," Clint asked me to say.
I couldn't say it. It was like my mouth was stuck shut. I did not want to ask for help.
Eventually I did come to the place of asking for help and that's when the breakthrough came and I gained a new vision:
Rather than me trying to become the expert at growing the best local food, I am going to FIND THE FARMERS WHO ALREADY ARE EXPERTS at growing the best local food.
-Jerry Ward grows tomatoes in a greenhouse and is able to have them ripe weeks before mine would ever be ready.
-My lettuce would always go bitter in the summer heat, but Nick and Ian know how to use shade cloth and frequent watering to keep the lettuce mild and sweet all summer.
-Jerry and Paul plant and dig potatoes with a tractor. I used to do it all by hand.
Sourcing from other farmers has allowed me to bring you a higher quality product than I would be able to grow myself.
But I've gotten alot of questions lately about whether the other growers are organic or chemical free.
So let's talk about organic for a minute, shall we?
For a large grower out in California who is shipping to HyVee, it makes sense to go through the extra effort of paperwork and expense to have the organic certification. The organic sticker is your assurance that someone is inspecting that farm out on the other side of the country to verify that they are organic. But when you are buying from someone local, you don't need that sticker. I am talking to these farmers myself.
I know firsthand what it is like to lose your whole crop of cucumbers to bacterial wilt. I know what it feels like to be working 7 days a week in the spring and be thinking, "I should have gotten those carrots planted 2 weeks ago." We commiserate over the evils of squash bugs and geek out about aphid control.
I understand why we as small-scale farmers strive so hard to grow without chemicals. If we are going through all this work to grow high quality food for our communities that tastes amazing and is impossible not to rave about, we sure as heck don't want to be spraying chemicals.
So the short answer is: all of our growers use organic growing methods, but none of them are certified organic. If a grower does have to use a chemical on a specific crop, I will put it in the product description (cucumbers are the only thing I have had to do this with).
Each product description lists the farm where the it is coming from.
Want to meet the farmers who grow your food? Click here!
Thank you so much for supporting Glory Garden as we grow!