I’d like to do a quick (re)introduction to show you one of the farmers behind your food. My name is Stephanie and I’m one of the three Featherstone crop managers. The crops I manage are tomatoes, melons, peppers, winter squash, strawberries, zucchini, cucumbers, lettuce, parsley, celeriac, and basil. I’ve been working at Featherstone since May of 2017.
I’m from Michigan and have a Horticulture degree from Michigan State. My farming path began in 2011 through working on urban farms after a few years of interest in food systems. I spent the 2012 season working full-time on one of the older urban farms in Detroit, a one-acre market farm. I spent the next couple years involved in urban farming in Detroit in various ways and then decided to go back to school to study Horticulture in 2014.
During my time at Michigan State, I worked at the MSU Student Organic Farm, which has a year-round CSA and specializes in hoop house production. We had 9 hoop houses in production year-round. I’m excited that we will be starting some winter hoop house production here at Featherstone this year, which will allow us to offer more fresh greens to you during the winter! My job as a crop manager includes crop planning and warehouse work in the winter. In the main season, I do lots of tractor work, field work, greenhouse seeding, and scouting my crops to plan work on a weekly basis.
August is the time when our plans for the year are in full-swing and the variety of produce is abundant. At home, our fridge is usually a little too full of vegetables, but that’s how we like it! We hope you enjoy our tomatoes and melons this week and in the weeks ahead, they are a treat for sure!
Jose Emilio with some of the first heirloom tomatoes of the year!
Veronica testing out your yellow watermelon!
Lupe in our tomato rows. Lots of healthy foilage with farm fresh tomatoes getting ready for us!
Thanks for supporting your many Featherstone farmers.