Local Roots Farm

Burt, New York, United States

Jerry and Kristi Winquist are first-generation farmers on a mission. The husband and wife team operates Local Roots Farm, a certified-organic establishment focusing on sustainable growing methods that regenerate the soil. When the couple first began farming, they had no idea how strong of a connection they would end up having with Mother Nature. They say that farming organically is a constant educational experience, and they’re happy to share what they’re learning with their young son; if you heal the land, you can heal the people. Local Roots Farm grows produce, but on a deeper level, it wants to develop relationships and connections with the broader community so that we can create change. In a world more focused on technology than the land, Jerry and Kristi encourage people to get their hands dirty. They want to help people connect with Nature, the food they eat, and their local farmers. The couple feels lucky to help create those connections through their popular CSA and at local farmer’s markers. Customers can select from a wide variety of organic produce, homebaked granola, fresh-cut edible flowers, and culinary, medicinal, and tea herbs. From seed to harvest, Local Roots Farm knows everything about its nutritious produce. Any surplus is returned to the soil as compost- a simple concept, yet essential to the future of our planet.

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Catherine Sherriffs

Editor at Garden Culture Magazine

Catherine is a Canadian award-winning journalist who worked as a reporter and news anchor in Montreal’s radio and television scene for 10 years. A graduate of Concordia University, she left the hustle and bustle of the business after starting a family. Now, she’s the editor and a writer for Garden Culture Magazine while also enjoying being a mom to her three young kids. Her interests include great food, gardening, fitness, animals, and anything outdoors.