Toby (gardening know-how and sales/shipping) is an artist, writer, and gardening enthusiast who loves deep snow and new seedlings. He’s wanted to be a farmer since the age of two and first encountered planting by the signs as a teenager working at a shiitake farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where the Gardening by the Moon calendar hung in the kitchen. A few years down the road, he led a group gardening project at a high-desert preschool and discovered the joy of sharing gardening—and rain!—with others.
After living in or visiting 46 of the lower 48 states and learning a wide variety of farming and gardening techniques from a wide variety of people, in 2017 Toby returned to his hometown to deepen his knowledge of the land he grew up on and to start his own farm. These days, he grows fruits, vegetables, and eggs to support the health of the soil, his community, and himself and is a seed steward for several of his favorite crops, including peas, beans, corn, kale, sunflowers, and tomatoes.