Updated: Apr 24, 2020
My name is Claudia Winslett and I am a current student at The Ohio State University majoring in Sustainable Plant Systems with a specialization in horticulture. I discovered my passion for gardening in high school as I had a small garden in my backyard. It was only during my time at Ohio State that I learned the immense opportunities that existed within the agricultural and horticultural fields. After completing my freshman year, I got my first job working hands on in a greenhouse, vegetable production, and nursery setting.
From there I fell in love with farming and have been determined to start my own business since. Currently, I am renting a high tunnel to allow for season extension and increased space efficiency. Crops can be planted earlier and harvested for longer into the cooler months. In our changing climate there can be drastic downpours or droughts for long periods, making field farming a challenging endeavor. The extreme temperatures and pest pressures outside can affect yield and fruit quality, contributing to the huge problem of food waste. Most fruits and vegetables don't make even make it to the grocery stores because of damage making the fruit unmarketable. High tunnels offer protection from the elements that would otherwise damage fruits and limit harvest-able yields.
At the Veggie Patch my mission is to produce as much yield possible using vertical farming techniques, raised bed gardening and container planting to maximize space for indoor farming. The services offered will include home delivery of fresh vegetables and other produce! Especially, in this time of social distancing the Veggie Patch strives to keep young and the old healthy with high quality, local foods!
Here's a look at some of last year's vegetable production that I managed during the growing season at Rock's Farm and Garden located in Kirkland!