Here's the story behind the farm:
Over the years, Clarion Sage Farm has evolved + changed; originally started as a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, we now focus on plants ('Plant Based Porch') and are excited to re-open our farm stand! The past three years have seen the road leading to the farm largely closed for construction; we are hoping for open roads that lead to the farm stand this year, where we'll offer seasonal selections of fresh vegetables.
We continue to grow food sans synthetic chemical inputs; this means our plants are safe for pollinators and pets (no insecticides) and our produce is grown in an organic manner.
Hi, I am Jenn(ifer)!
I love growing food, cooking food, eating food, and talking about food. And that is Cody, high tunnel mastermind, irrigation expert, farm stand builder, and wedding photographer.
Plants are delicious
And gorgeous. Discover the beauty in plants grown for food. Share the rainbow of edible flowers, which are also adored by butterflies + hummingbirds and other pollinators.
+ Growing food brings joy
There is an unmistakable connection in eating food that's been harvested just moments prior. And that is Sage, After six homes in her first year, she arrived at her namesake (yep, she came with that name!).
I love plants!
After years of exploring agriculture, I decided plants are my one true love. I hope to share this devotion with others, through food and growing food.
Plants astound me--a tiny seed grows a plant that provides food. This is an empowering process to witness. It connects us to generations past; it helps us understand the lifecycle of what sustains us. And it fosters appreciation for the care and work of farmers and field laborers who bring us most of our food.
I can't wait for you to take part in this experience and share it with those around you, whether through our plant sale, plant subscription, or farm stand!
Once upon a time...
Originally from the suburbs of Chicago (Evanston), my food obsession started with an interest in cooking. From there, I was a food blogger + recipe columnist for Martha Stewart.
Next thing I knew, I was growing my own ingredients.
I've worked on farms in rural Iceland, the city garden of Reykjavik, a CSA in Berkeley, a tiny farm in the mountains of Costa Rica, and at various farms in Iowa and Missouri.
In 2013, Cody and I launched Clarion Sage, a traditional vegetable CSA. And now, that's evolved to a farm stand and Plant Based Porch!
I also love animals
I never planned to eat a plant-based diet. I loved steak and eggs and cheese and thought vegetarians were probably 'weak'. After working on farms and getting to know cows and sheep and goats, I realized they reminded me a lot of the pet dogs I'd had all my life. I couldn't see any difference between the two, and of course, I would never eat my dog. So, I quietly started to explore vegetarian/vegan diets. Maybe I could get by without eating animal products?
Who doesn't agree that adding more fruits + vegetables to one's diet is probably a good thing, meat eater or not.
Twelve years later, here I am, eating plants, and LOTS of plant-based chocolate chip cookies.
In loving + forever memoriam of Tucker Miller