Aden Spurr grew up on farms, but never thought he would be a farmer. Professionally trained as a glassblower, he spent most of his adult life travelling around, working for glass artists, and playing with fire.
In 2014, he decided that he needed a change of pace. He put glass aside for the moment, and jumped into a farm internship at Meeting Place Organic Farm. There he learned what it is like to be a farmer on a holistically managed mixed livestock/vegetable farm. It was here that Aden found he had a interest in growing vegetables, and in pursuit of more experience, he signed up to intern at Orchard Hill Farm for the 2015 growing season. That year, he really got a chance to see what a vegetable farm looked like on a large (small) farm scale. At the time, Orchard Hill boasted a 250 share CSA, and there were a lot more opportunities to interact with customers, who came to the farm every week to pick up their vegetables. Aden discovered that he enjoyed having direct contact with the folks that were eating the veggies he helped grow, almost as much as he enjoyed the growing of the vegetables!
At the end of that season, Aden returned to the family farm, and set to work planing what his garden would look like. With some help from his family, he broke ground, and began planting in the spring of 2016. He held his first on farm market that June, with a selection of lettuce, spinach, salad turnips, radish, and carrots! In 2017, he added the CSA share program, and has been growing by leaps and bounds since!
This year Farmer Aden is looking forward to expanding on the no-till/low-till/no-dig gardening he has been experimenting with. And is super excited to get his hands back in that living soil!