FAQ: “Do You Grow Everything Yourself?”

A picture from the early years, when I was growing a little bit of everything- August 1, 2015.

“Do you grow everything yourself?”

No! And I am so glad I don’t grow it all myself anymore! Let me explain why:

I started Glory Garden 5 years ago. Originally my goal was to grow as wide a variety of vegetables that I possibly could in order to meet all your produce needs.

Fast forward to 2017.  The business was growing faster than a weed.  I was overwhelmed.  I had lost the vision and was seeking direction.

That's when Clint Brown and his sidekick Lauren Forsch came into my life as business mentors.

Last fall I had a pivotal moment when Clint brought me to the point of recognizing my limits.  He said, "Anna, I want you to repeat after me.  'I am not a superhero.' "

"I am not a superhero, " I repeated.

"I need to ask for help," Clint asked me to say.

I couldn't say it.  It was like my mouth was stuck shut.  I did not want to ask for help.

Eventually I did come to the place of asking for help and that's when the breakthrough came and I gained a new vision:

Rather than me trying to become the expert at growing the best local food, I am going to FIND THE FARMERS WHO ALREADY ARE EXPERTS at growing the best local food.

-Trevor grows tomatoes and cucumbers in a greenhouse and is able to have them ripe weeks before mine would ever be ready.

-My lettuce would always go bitter in the summer heat, but Ian knows how to use shade cloth and frequent watering to keep the lettuce mild and sweet all summer.

-Paul plants and digs potatoes with a tractor.  I used to do it all by hand.

Sourcing from other farmers has allowed me to bring you a higher quality product than I would be able to grow myself.

But I've gotten a lot of questions lately about whether the other growers are organic or chemical free. Here is my answer.

Thank you so much for supporting Glory Garden as we grow!

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