Kathryn and Chris met during their undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech, and after graduation and spending a year in the Northern Virginia workforce, it became clear to the couple they both desired a life closer to the land. In 2013, they moved to Kathryn’s family’s land in Louisa County and began building their own farm from the ground up. Not only is this couple new to farming, it is also the first time the land has been put into agricultural use, which can be challenging, especially for new farmers. Lucky for Kathryn and Chris, first-time farmers on first-time agricultural land has proven successful thus far.
After establishing a following at the Mineral Farmers Market for their colorful, tender salad mix, they decided to devote their time and energy to growing fresh greens year-round. Their well-maintained operation demonstrates sustainable growing practices and the importance of farm design and time-saving infrastructure, which results in the production of high quality produce. While visiting their farm, it is abundantly clear that these are two beginning farmers with great potential for long-term success.