Brian and Teri Gronski bought The Pumpkin Place, when Brian’s parents retired in 2006. Brian, an engineer, stayed with his full-time position as they ran The Pumpkin Place while Teri worked toward becoming a Master Gardener. Meanwhile, they discovered a passion for organic vegetable production.
The land search began and, after seven years, the Lade Beach Road location was found. It has been certified organic since 1985, the perfect fit. Brian and Teri took this as a sign and purchased it to start Groché Organic Farms, LLC. Brian began farming this location full-time in 2011. A portion of the land is rented to organic dairy farmers that sell their milk to Organic Valley.
Groché Organic Farms’ mission is to provide organic produce to 300 area families and to educate and entertain thousands more through the farm. The farm now grows over 50 different vegetables, herbs, and melons (over 100 varieties) and pasture raises, heritage breed chickens. It is likely that turkeys and lambs will also be grazing the property in 2017.
The Gronski’s are dedicated to continuing education and providing a learning experience for their farm employees. Brian and his employees attend conferences and workshops to gather and share knowledge. The farm serves as an incubator for employees to trial vegetable varieties and growing methods. There is also an opportunity to create mini-enterprises while using farm resources and land.
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