We love farming. Tomm and Trilby started Sunseed Farm in the Fall of 2009 and started our CSA in May of 2010. We came by this land through our friends and CSA members Chip and Kathleen Letts, who own the land and live in the great big barn up the road. Our work here has been a process of building community, soil, and infrastructure, as well as establishing a solid force of farmers to grow food.
I love farming for its unity in the diversity of living creatures, ecosystems, people and the work at hand. Its a lot of fun! I started farming to find a new adventure while I was getting my degree in English literature from MSU, working at Owosso Organics and the MSU Student Organic Farm (SOF). I went on to work as the Production Manager at the SOF, where we implemented the Organic Farmer Training Program. In addition to my work at Sunseed, I am pleased to serve on the Ann Arbor Township Farmland and Open Space Preservation Board, where I work to preserve our soil resource for coming generations. I am truly grateful to have the opportunity to do work that I love.
I am a native New Yorker who was blessed to grow up next door to Central Park, a haven where I spent most of my free time. Though I killed every house plant I ever had I was always a nature lover and worked for environmental causes my whole career, often overseas. Agriculture is the most practical environmental work I've ever done, and the closest to home. I can't think of a better place to raise a family than on a farm. I am also proud to be a part of farmland conservation as a member of the Washtenaw County Agricultural lands Preservation Advisory Committee.
Throughout my life I have always had a deep love of the outdoors. I grew up in Ann Arbor, but spent much of my time on my grandparents' farm in Dexter, or canoeing, hiking and camping. After high school I spent some time traveling the country where I was to see many different landscapes and climates. After it all I found myself back in Michigan at the MSU Organic Farmer Training Program, and have since fallen in love with growing food.
I was born of Detroit and raised in the sunny pastures of Hillsdale Mi; I call Ann Arbor my home now. I found my way to farming through the kitchen, when I was studying culinary arts at Washtenaw CC. My intent, roughly, was to find out what everything tastes like and I knew the only way to do this was to find the highest quality produce in the area. Sunseed has been an unparalleled source in this journey and I am excited to grow along side of it and all that it encompasses. If you see me please say hello!