By growing and selling fresh vegetables, culinary herbs and bouquets of flowers, drying and blending medicinal herbs for tea, creating and selling added value products using material grown “veganically”, in a “low-till” environment using no chemicals or pesticides and providing garden coaching, design and resources, Wild Dawn Farms will use its position in the emerging online retail “farmer’s” market to 1) work to support the connections that exist between people, animals and nature, 2) raise awareness and find action steps to dismantle white supremacy and 3) promote a Vegan lifestyle.
“Helping people connect to people and nature through our products or helping them do it themselves.”
Born and raised in Michigan, I grew up in the Metro Detroit suburbs. My mother was born and raised in Detroit, my father and his family moved to Westland from South Dakota. I graduated from Eastern Michigan University and I feel like I share pieces of myself with this state and the people that call it home. Meeting Lindsay and discovering we grew up less than an hour apart from each other makes me feel that we were meant to complete each other! Anywaaaaaay; since Lindsay and I met, we knew we had the right chemistry to work together to change the way we engage in the business of making wages for ourselves. During the summer of 2020, we made the commitment to find ways we can make an impact using our privilege to promote and support anti-racist organizations and movements. Initially we plan to donate portions of our sales to local groups like SHIFT Michigan and Detroit Will Breathe as well as national groups like Grassroots Law and the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission. These groups and activists are cornerstones to the future I see of holding dangerous police accountable while pushing out tired, racist, sexist, bigoted politicians, local officials and judges that have no place in positions of power. Socioeconomic and political changes, opportunities and solutions are best enacted and achieved when they are community developed and community focused; Wild Dawn Farms is our commitment to the future we see of empowering people to stand up, dig in, learn and change for the better so that all people regardless of race, gender, orientation, age or ability have access to opportunity, resources and protections.
A nature lover to the bone, I feel my best when I’m outside in my element: in the sunshine and with dirt on my hands. I am a first generation farmer and first generation college grad. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in Urban Studies in 2012 and have been growing since. I took an internship in college at a garden in downtown Detroit that really flung me into the world of growing and I was hooked. Around this time I also designed and installed a children’s sensory garden at a Child Developmental Center in downtown Detroit. With high land vacancy and lack of access to fresh foods- implementing and being a part of green spaces in vibrant communities brought me so much joy. I fell in love with Detroit, it’s residents, and feel eternally grateful to have built and honed my craft with amazing growers in the area. Working at various farms, growing for restaurants and breweries and managing a community education garden in Palmer Park helped me focus on what I wanted to bring into agriculture and the greater community. I also worked in landscape, garden centers, and for florists, a licensed medicinal cannabis facility, and a native plant nursery and feel that every step along the way has allowed me to grow into who I am today. I was even fortunate enough to have studied as a Master Gardener with MSU Extension and online with the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine in their Herbal Immersion program for over 2 years. I have an affinity for native and medicinal plants, flowers and food grown with organic and veganic methods. Bryan and I moved to a rural tiny town in 2018- flipped a house with enormous support from family- and began growing for friends and family with a CSA and for a vegan meal delivery service in metro- Detroit. I’ve enjoyed a few oddball jobs too during the off season such as presenting on stage at the then Detroit Science Center, researching at the Research Center for Urban Studies at WSU and supporting the Americorps Urban Safety Project, serving beers at a brewery and even instructing kickboxing classes to name a few.