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!