You Might be wondering why a banner on a vegetable farmers website, is a picture of a flower. The reason behind it, is that the Shooting Stars in the picture, were my Grandfathers favorite flower. He took me to the pasture with him when I was young, and pointed out all the different flowers. For my whole life, I have been passionate about plants and their place in our lives. Being a farmer, helps me to connect plants and the food they produce, to the people in my community. I'm blessed to be able to spend hours helping my family raise cattle and crops, and growing vegetables on our multi-generation family farm. Growing nutritious, and fresh, food for my plate, and yours, is what drives me to continue to grow and seek new ways to improve my farm. After my second year operating the CSA, I decided to take the leap and build a bigger greenhouse and that was the most rewarding decision I've made yet! Being able to start tomatoes in February, and eat fresh, vine ripened, beefsteak and cherry tomatoes all the way until the end of October, is an experience like no other, and I'm ecstatic when people tell me they love them as much as I do. I have an education in horticulture, and seven years experience operating this CSA. I've struggled with learning marketing, but have thrived on interacting with new customers. My family has been on this land for generations, and starting up the CSA was a way to allow me to continue to steward the land that has provided for us for so long. Educating the public about where their food comes from, and the process it takes to get that food on the plate, is extremely important to me. Meeting people who are as passionate about where their food comes from, as I am about growing that food, helps make a special connection. What started out as a simple lesson in native plants, has turned into a CSA that provides vegetables for up to 30 families in the Olds area every year. I'm not sure if that's what my Grandfather thought would happen, but I'm sure glad he pointed out those flowers, all those years ago.