Farm Girl Foods Helps You Grow Your Own

Farm Girl Foods Helps You Grow Your Own

Despite coming from a long line of gardeners and flower show champions, I'm pretty hopeless around plants. The only plant living inside my house is too stubborn to die, growing, it seems, out of attrition. And even though I have dreams of using my small yard to grow my own food, I can't seem to muster the nerve or knowledge to get a garden started.

People like me are why Farm Girl Foods exists.

Tomatoes in progress, Green Leaf Learning Farm, South Memphis, Tenn.

The company, which launched in April, helps people with the will (and a little bit of space) become the masters of their own food production. Owner Mary Phillips and her tiny team will come to your house and work with you to make a gardening plan. Then, they'll build and install raised bed gardens in your yard and teach you how to care for them. After that (and plenty of time), you'll get to eat fresh vegetables from your own organic local food source.

Phillips knows her stuff, too. She's worked for Urban Farms, the Cooper-Young Farmers Market and at the Green Leaf Learning Farm in south Memphis, where she teaches kids basic farming and gardening skills.

Farm Girl Foods founder Mary Phillips at Green Leaf Learning Farm

If you, like me, worry that you've already missed the planting deadline for any vegetables this year, don't worry - Farm Girl Foods does fall and winter gardens. They're planted in the late summer and are perfect for growing lettuces, greens, garlic and strawberry crowns.

A 4-foot by 4-foot garden starts at $250, but customization is an option with the price going up as the beds get bigger.

If you'd like to get a green thumb, contact Farm Girl Foods via Facebook .

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I love this idea and I have the space, but I'm afraid anything I planted this summer would just get fried and I'd be out $250 :(
July 12, 2011 9:29pm

Mel Spillman
Back yard gardening is so easy and fun Allie :) All you have to do is some simple online (or library) research to have success. I am growing tomatoes, japanese eggplant, cucumber, pumpkin, raspberries, blackberries, jalapenos, bell pepper, serano pepper and too many herbs to list.
July 14, 2011 9:25am