Welcome to our new series, Producer Q&A, featuring the local producers of home and garden goods!
We are kicking off the series with One20 Farm, owned by Jeremy and Kellie Gedert of Columbus, OH. They supply City Folk’s with worm castings, live worms, and worm bins. Jeremy answered these questions about his business:
When did you realize that you wanted to be part of the grow your own
movement? It just seemed like the right move since I worked as a chef surrounded by food all day and we were growing our own foods anyway. Plus our friends would always ask us questions like, “what this food was for”, “how do you prepare that”, “how do you grow (fill in the blank)”. We just “happend” into a movement because we were doing what we thought was the right thing to do and we were happy to teach others how to do it.
What excites you most about your business? Seeing more and more younger people getting involved in recycling their food waste. Kids are especially great because they aren’t so put off by the whole “dirty” aspect and they typically are the motivation behind getting their parents to do something crazy like start worm composting in the house.
What do you like most about central Ohio? It’s predictable unpredictability. You can always count on things not being what you expected. Weather is a great example.
Where do you see your business in 5 years? Hopefully as my full time job. We would love to grow the worm composting business so we can accept more and more waste to recycle but also expand into a food producing farm and education venue, a hands-on opportunity for folks to see how our garbage can be used to rebuild the soil and grow highly nutritious REAL food.
Thing to eat? Tacos. Simple yet delicious flavors in hand held form, plus they lend themselves well to a wide variety of garden items.
Thing to grow? Viney stuff! Beans, passion fruit, kiwi, things that climb are awesome. I am amazed that even without eyes, they can find things nearby to grab onto and grow upwards. They’re like “alien-cool”.
Book or website? Mine favorite book is probably “The Meloncholy Death of Oyster Boy” by Tim Burton. It’s entertaining but disturbing so I feel strangely connected to it.
Gardening tool? My Japanese utility knife. I just got it this year and I love it. Super useful and versatile and if I ever happen to get into a scuffle with a squirrel over turf, I’ll be prepared.
Kitchen tool? My Lodge brand cast iron griddle that Kellie got me for xmas a few years ago, it rarely ever get’s put away because we use it so much for so many things.
Thanks for the insight, Jeremy! Learn more about One20 Farm on their website and Facebook page. Meet Jeremy for a Worm Composting Class at City Folk’s on July 17 – Details and registration information on the class listing.