FAQ: “Do You Grow Everything Yourself?”

A picture from the early years, when I was growing a little bit of everything- August 1, 2015.

A picture from the early years, when I was growing a little bit of everything- August 1, 2015.

“Do you grow everything yourself?”

No! And I am so glad I don’t grow it all myself anymore! Let me explain why:

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.

-Trevor grows tomatoes and cucumbers 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 Ian knows how to use shade cloth and frequent watering to keep the lettuce mild and sweet all summer.

-Paul plants and digs 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 a lot of questions lately about whether the other growers are organic or chemical free. To answer that question, check out this.

Thank you so much for supporting Glory Garden as we grow!