I think many of us have thought about (and romanticized!) the idea of leaving our current job and becoming farmers. Joe Reynolds and Judith Winfrey actually did it and their farm Love is Love Farm at Gaia Gardens is a wonderful source of local produce. Judith was kind enough to share some of her and Joe’s thoughts on farming, green living, great food and where they like to eat and shop locally.
How did you begin your farming career?
Joe and I have been farming about 7 years. We thought WOOFING on organic farms would be a great way to see the world. Joe took a job with Nicolas Donck and Helen Dumba of Crystal Organic Farm. Nicolas and Helen are incredibly knowledgeable, wise and kind. After that we were presented with an opportunity to have our own farm. Skip and Cookie Glover approached Joe with a generous offer to farm on their land. That was the birth of Love is Love Farm. In 2011, we were given the opportunity to farm at an existing in-town farm named Gaia Gardens, so we moved Love is Love Farm to a to a new location.
What do you grow on Love is Love farm?
We try to grow a little bit of everything you can grow. Joe says “Diversity is the master plan for success on planet earth.” I’m pretty sure he means more than just vegetables, but that’s certainly a part of it.
What would you like to share with your consumers that they may not already know?
I want consumers to see themselves as co-producers — as part of the production cycle. Every dollar we spend is a vote. If you buy something, you’re condoning the production practices that brought you that thing. Step out of the consumer mindset and see yourself as a part of the loop.
Local or Organic?
Ideally food should be both. If you have to make a choice, choose wisely, know your source and consult the 10 foods to always buy organic list. http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/10-foods-you-should-buy-organic1.htm
What is your definition of green living?
Green living is living with conscience and purpose. It’s about making choices that consider more than your personal comfort and satisfaction. Are you benefiting more than yourself? How about your local economy and community? How about the earth? Take responsibility for your choices.
Where do you and Joe like to shop and eat here in Atlanta?
Places we love to shop:
- EAV, Grant Park, Morningside and Peachtree Road Farmers Markets
- Whole Foods
We eat at the restaurants that support us and they are always delicious:
- Miller Union
- Restaurant Eugene
- Holeman & Finch Public House
- Woodfire Grill
- Brick Store Pub
Love is Love Farm truly is a labor of love and as it is with all things that are done with love, the results are exceptional.