We are delighted to announce that Foraged & Sown was awarded a Farmer/Rancher grant from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) to study saffron production in the Midwest! Stay tuned for more details about this project throughout the year.
We're delighted to be featured in an article published in the November 6, 2017 Dispatch, Urban Farmers' Foraged Foods Give Customers A Taste Of The Wild.
The related video shows us scouting for foraged edibles at a new-to-us site and working on the farm in autumn. Thank you to Courtney Hergesheimer and Marion Renault for their thorough coverage!
Remember the announcement about Preserving Wild Flavors & Nordic Traditions, our USDA Value-Added Producer project? The one that includes a trip to Finland and Norway? The time to pack our bags is here! Next week, we will leave hot and humid Ohio for 25 days in Scandinavia!!
Our itinerary includes:
-Exploring Arctic Warriors, a Finnish herb farm
-Experiencing Helskini Fest, Helsinki's largest cultural festival
-Finnish Your Dinner, a night of dinner for Finnish pride
-Visiting Fiskars Village, a creative community
-Riding an overnight train
-Visiting Bodo, Norway and Rachel's cousin
-Taking the CatTrek kids to Tankavaara Gold Village
-Seeing the Northern Lights? (Rachel can dream....)
We would love for your to follow our journey on the Foraged & Sown and our personal (Kate / Rachel) Instagram accounts. Additionally, Kate will take footage for future short videos.
We are so grateful to all the shoppers who helped us earn this trip, USDA Rural Development & Finlandia Foundation for additional support, friends and family covering the home front while we're abroad, and our amazing employee Lauren will keep our stand at the Clintonville Farmers' Market open while we're away!
We are thrilled to announce Seasoning The North Side Melting Pot, a collaborative summer 2017 project.
This collaboration came about from discussions among the six farmers operating Foraged & Sown, Cooke Forest Edibles And Medicinals, and Peace, Love and Freedom Urban Farm. Our farms are all located within a mile from each other in the 43224 zip code in the Baby Farms / North Linden neighborhoods.
We share a mission to produce organically-grown fruits and vegetables for our community in a way that is sustainable for the environment and our families. Each farmer is making a conscious choice to live and work simply so we can enjoy our lives and beautify our little places on Earth.
Our North Side farms already share many resources including seed orders, tools, land, and staff. We gather after markets, during work days, and around campfires to share our challenges and collaborate toward greater success.
The Seasoning The Melting Pot project was created to expand our capacity to grow and deliver food by four means: through improvements to our season extension practices including high tunnels, by acquiring a walk behind tractor and trailer for shared use, through replanting of fruit tree and berries with protection from deer and birds, and with farm stand and education experiences.
The participation of our community is critical to the success of this project. That's why the partner farms are inviting you to our pop-up farm stands with 'Pay What You Can' produce offerings. Each event will include pay-what-you-can produce, samples, a tour, and gardening advice from the farmers. All are welcome, no admission or reservations required! Join us:
We envision a North Side dotted with sustainable food production spaces reflective of the vibrant residents here and we're grateful for the support of the Mid-Ohio Foodbank in bringing our ideas to fruition.
All herbs, berries, and vegetables grown by Foraged & Sown on our three growing sites are now certified organic.
The certification process is a national standard that requires documentation of seed orders, inputs, growing and handling practices, and adequate buffers to nearby land. The documentation is reviewed by the certifying organization (the Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association in our case) and our farms were inspected by an independent inspector.
Because Foraged & Sown has followed organic practices all along, our customers won't notice much of a difference in our produce. We will grow the same varieties of seedlings, fertilize and tend the gardens in the same way (with as much on-farm compost and hand-tool use as possible), and bring fresh, full-flavored herbs, berries, and more to market. Our behind-the-scenes record keeping is simply a bit more rigorous and we'll explore some additional sales outlets now that we're certified.
Our organic certification costs this year, $850, were completely covered by the USDA cost-share program which reimburses 75% of the cost of certification to farmers, and the Clintonville Farmers' Market organic program. We are grateful for the support of these entities and the staff at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association who patiently guided us through the application and review process.
Columbus Urban Farm Foraged & Sown Wins Federal Farm Grant
Will grow their sustainably-grown, handmade herbal tea and salt blend business
COLUMBUS OHIO (November 15, 2016) US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently announced 2016 USDA Rural Development grant awardees including just two recipients in Ohio. Kate Hodges and Rachel Tayse of Columbus urban farm Foraged & Sown are among this year's Value Added Producer selection, for their project Preserving Wild Flavors and Nordic Traditions.
“I’ve always been intrigued by heirloom and lesser known crops, and that curiosity steered me naturally towards the pursuit of new flavors,” says Hodges. She began Foraged & Sown to provide culinary herbs, berries, and produce to Clintonville Farmers’ Market customers. Tayse and Hodges manage market gardens using organic practices on three properties in the North Linden neighborhood of Columbus and forage private property in the surrounding area to supplement their cultivated offerings with wild foods like paw paws, acorn flour, and ramps.
To complement their fresh produce, Hodges and Tayse dry some herbs for tea and salt blends. Their $17,000 USDA award will allow them to expand this work through use of a commercial kitchen, marketing and small business support, and a 2017 study tour of Norway and Finland.
“We're interested in putting the culture back in agriculture,” Tayse says. That's why she and Hodges proposed visiting farms and processors in Scandinavia, where there are strong traditions for preserving unique flavors and where both women have family ties.
Foraged & Sown will use Facebook and Instagram document their discoveries in Norway and Finland during peak harvest season and as they navigate expansion of the teas and salt blends. Taste their offerings at the Clintonville Farmers’ Market, Boline Apothecary, City Folk’s Farm Shop and on locally-sourced restaurant menus at GoreMade Pizza, Skillet RUF, Rook’s Tavern, and more.
About Foraged & Sown:
Foraged & Sown is a work of adventurous urban food production. Farmers Kate Hodges and Rachel Tayse are building a system of high-quality annual and perennial herbs, berries and nuts in their gardens while enriching the earth with organic practices in the North Linden neighborhood of Columbus Ohio. The produce, herbal teas, and salt blends are available at Clintonville Farmers’ Market, local restaurants, and retailers.