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Meet the Farmers

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Ann and Sean are the owners/operators of Wild Pansy Farm. Ann’s first foray into farming began with an apprenticeship at Siskiyou Mountain Herbs in southern Oregon, in 2012. This encounter with sustainable cultivation grew into a love of herbs and flowers, and inspired her first farm business, Handful of Herbs, which she launched in Fort Collins, CO. She expanded the business to include vegetables, incorporating as Sláinte Farm to feed CSA customers and sell to local restaurants and the farmers market.

 

In 2017, Ann moved to New York to launch Ramble Creek Farm, a pasture-raise poultry and livestock farm with chickens, turkeys, pigs (her favorite), and cows. The farm was a hit at the NYC and Saratoga Springs farmers’ markets, and afforded her the chance to also raise mushrooms at scale. In 2019, Ann made the decision to return to her childhood home of Indiana and start her latest farm project: Wild Pansy Farm. 

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“It's exciting to see so much potential here and I am looking forward to developing a farm that brings tasty fresh produce to Central Southern Indiana.” - Ann

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Wild Pansy Farm is Sean’s first experience with owning and operating a farm. “The difference between gardening and farming is similar to the difference between rowing a boat and captaining a ship—the scale can swallow you quickly.” Sean brings to the operation several years of experience in project management, due diligence, research, and grant writing, as well as a background in archaeology (which is surprisingly similar to farming). Like Ann, Sean returned to Indiana to be closer to friends and family in 2019, after working in emergency recovery following Hurricane Florence in North Carolina.

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Meet our sweet farm dog, Ella!

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What’s more, we value transparency around growing the food you eat. Beyond using organic and sustainable farming practices, we are currently looking into becoming Certified Naturally Grown. In advance of this certification, we follow CNG guidelines to reduce harm to the environment and improve the land. You can read more about our growing practices including pest management, soil fertility, and water usage here.

Fresh Eggs
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Find us at one of our local distribution areas, a farmers market or schedule a tour of the farm. Reach out--let's meet up!

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Every week we carefully curate a box with the best the season has to offer in fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs with a dozen pasture raised eggs.

Fruit Market
Helping Hands
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Community is a key ingredient at Wild Pansy. We offer working memberships and volunteer days. Find out more info at the button below and to fill out a volunteer interest form.