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Laura Masterson: 47th Avenue Farm

There are personal trainers and personal chefs, but a personal farmer? Those who subscribe to Laura Masterson's 47th Avenue Farm in Portland, Oregon, have one. 

Laura's dream of an urban farm to produce "food grown in the city for people who live there" was born in her home in 1992. Today, her neighborhood farm now feeds more than 200 people and delivers to several renowned restaurants in the area. 

Laura learned her love of the earth from her grandfather, who always maintained a vegetable garden and fruit trees. After college, she started a landscaping business, but her underlying dream was to farm. With much hard work, her farm has blossomed, but Laura maintains her local principles. 

"Community-supported agriculture should be just that," she says, "a place where community members come together to learn where and how their food is grown." Work parties are held at the farm, and members meet weekly at Laura's farmhouse to collect their share of the harvest. The latest additions to 47th Avenue Farm are two Belgium draft horses that work with Laura to plow the fields. 

Elected to attend the Slow Food conference in Turin, Italy, in 2006, Laura now lives to share her dream with others. From local schoolchildren to the Chinese Ministry of Land and Resources, she gives tours to anyone who wants to know more about local, organic farming. From a child loving the earth to a successful urban farmer, Laura Masterson is living and realizing her dream each day.

See Laura's Photo Diary

Comments (85)

  • SOSTricia 8 Nov, 2008

    I can't wait to come out to Portland to visit you. Meeting you in NYC was one of the highlights of the trip. You and your hubby are ALWAYS welcome to come stay with me. I adore you as a person and love what you are contributing as a role model for not only every city in the US, but around the world!

  • greydove 3 Nov, 2008

    Urban farms such as these are key to boosting our national food security. Thank you for all of your work.

  • KathleenSTolleson 2 Nov, 2008

    Hi Laura, My sister-in-law lives in Portland so I may have an opportunity to actually visit your farm someday. There's nothing like good, home grown food. That was what I grew up on. Looking forward to meeting you in New York.

  • psudro 31 Oct, 2008

    Laura and people like her are our hope for the future. She brings community together with a deep respect for the land - organic, community supported agriculture. What a 21st century idea. With escalating energy costs and persistent worries about global climate change, Laura and those who support her are part of the solution! Thanks, Laura. Hooray for you!

  • aliciabb 30 Oct, 2008

    How wonderful to be so connected to the very substance of existence. What you do and how you do it is so important to how we live on this planet. Your work as a leader in the CSA is making this world a better place - and it makes so much sense given the challenges that we face locally and globally. I am certain you have fed many people on myriad levels- empowering and inspiring us to do what we dream. Brava, Laura! -AB from NYC

  • SOSTricia 29 Oct, 2008

    Hey, Laura. If I wasn't a contestant myself, I think I'd be voting for you. A friend of our family's also has a farm in Chicago and another more rural...but they took it a step further. They provide job opportunities to the homeless working on the farms. Check out what their doing at http://www.growinghomeinc.org/wood-street/ if you're interested. I find it to be incredible....and love the fact that there is a bigger push to obtain locally grown foods throughout our country. FANTASTIC!

  • springfamily 29 Oct, 2008

    Laura's enthusiasm for her work in building community through healthy local food is inspirational. She has discovered an innovative way to bring her love of gardening, the environment, community and horses together to bring healthy local food to the tables of hundreds of families. This in turn has exposed hundreds of families to the joys of local food systems and food experimentation. The communities she has touched will never be the same.

  • kayjmeyers 29 Oct, 2008

    We have had a membership in Laura's farm for years. Not only are the vegetables out of this world, but the work that goes in to growing, harvesting, washing, and delivering them to the drop off sites is phenomenal. The taste and freshness can not be matched anywhere. Moreover, we have the ability to buy fresh eggs and artisan goat cheese at the same time. As if that were not enough,during raspberry and fig seasons we can pick them right out of the garden at Laura's house.

  • kayjmeyers 29 Oct, 2008

    We have had a membership in Laura's farm for years. Not only are the vegetables out of this world, but the work that goes in to growing, harvesting, washing, and delivering them to the drop off sites is phenomenal. The taste and freshness can not be matched anywhere. Moreover, we have the ability to buy fresh eggs and artisan goat cheese at the same time. As if that were not enough,during raspberry and fig seasons we can pick them right out of the garden at Laura's house.

  • pottergirl 29 Oct, 2008

    At a time when our food system is in increasing crisis, local farms play a critical role, both in providing food, but also in providing knowledge about where our food comes from and how it is grown. We have a looming crisis in America as very few of our farmers are under sixty. To see a woman in the prime of her life farming, using horses for farmwork, and sharing a tremendous amount of her personal time and resources to teach future young farmers is inspiring, and also necessary.

  • kristinp 29 Oct, 2008

    Last night I enjoyed picking up the last of my summer produce. Picking up the produce is always an exciting community event, but at the end of the season everyone stops and appreciate the bounty and the community of the farm. Kids in costume press cider and try to find Thelma, the token chicken. Laura's house is open and brimming with laughter as everyone enjoys warm bowls of chilli. In that moment there is no denying the beauty and importance of Laura's creation, 47th Ave Farm.

  • kristinp 29 Oct, 2008

    Last night I enjoyed picking up the last of my summer produce. Picking up the produce is always an exciting community event, but at the end of the season everyone stops and appreciate the bounty and the community of the farm. Kids in costume press cider and try to find Thelma, the token chicken. Laura's house is open and brimming with laughter as everyone enjoys warm bowls of chilli. In that moment there is no denying the beauty and importance of Laura's creation, 47th Ave Farm.

  • kristinp 29 Oct, 2008

    Last night I enjoyed picking up the last of my summer produce. Picking up the produce is always an exciting community event, but at the end of the season everyone stops and appreciate the bounty and the community of the farm. Kids in costume press cider and try to find Thelma, the token chicken. Laura's house is open and brimming with laughter as everyone enjoys warm bowls of chilli. In that moment there is no denying the beauty and importance of Laura's creation, 47th Ave Farm.

  • kristinp 29 Oct, 2008

    Last night I enjoyed picking up the last of my summer produce. Picking up the produce is always an exciting community event, but at the end of the season everyone stops and appreciate the bounty and the community of the farm. Kids in costume press cider and try to find Thelma, the token chicken. Laura's house is open and brimming with laughter as everyone enjoys warm bowls of chilli. In that moment there is no denying the beauty and importance of Laura's creation, 47th Ave Farm.

  • kristinp 29 Oct, 2008

    Last night I enjoyed picking up the last of my summer produce. Picking up the produce is always an exciting community event, but at the end of the season everyone stops and appreciate the bounty and the community of the farm. Kids in costume press cider and try to find Thelma, the token chicken. Laura's house is open and brimming with laughter as everyone enjoys warm bowls of chilli. In that moment there is no denying the beauty and importance of Laura's creation, 47th Ave Farm.

  • kristinp 29 Oct, 2008

    Last night I enjoyed picking up the last of my summer produce. Picking up the produce is always an exciting community event, but at the end of the season everyone stops and appreciate the bounty and the community of the farm. Kids in costume press cider and try to find Thelma, the token chicken. Laura's house is open and brimming with laughter as everyone enjoys warm bowls of chilli. In that moment there is no denying the beauty and importance of Laura's creation, 47th Ave Farm.

  • kristinp 29 Oct, 2008

    Last night I enjoyed picking up the last of my summer produce. Picking up the produce is always an exciting community event, but at the end of the season everyone stops and appreciate the bounty and the community of the farm. Kids in costume press cider and try to find Thelma, the token chicken. Laura's house is open and brimming with laughter as everyone enjoys warm bowls of chilli. In that moment there is no denying the beauty and importance of Laura's creation, 47th Ave Farm.

  • kristinp 29 Oct, 2008

    Last night I enjoyed picking up the last of my summer produce. Picking up the produce is always an exciting community event, but at the end of the season everyone stops and appreciate the bounty and the community of the farm. Kids in costume press cider and try to find Thelma, the token chicken. Laura's house is open and brimming with laughter as everyone enjoys warm bowls of chilli. In that moment there is no denying the beauty and importance of Laura's creation, 47th Ave Farm.

  • kristinp 29 Oct, 2008

    Last night I enjoyed picking up the last of my summer produce. Picking up the produce is always an exciting community event, but at the end of the season everyone stops and appreciate the bounty and the community of the farm. Kids in costume press cider and try to find Thelma, the token chicken. Laura's house is open and brimming with laughter as everyone enjoys warm bowls of chilli. In that moment there is no denying the beauty and importance of Laura's creation, 47th Ave Farm.

  • sue34 28 Oct, 2008

    Laura really is an inspiration! I hope that here participation in this contest inspires people to become family farmers once again. We need family farms desperately! Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do. And, thanks for the fabulous food at a truly realistic and affordable price.

  • salmonpoetry 28 Oct, 2008

    Wow, it is great to see Martha Stewart picking up and honoring women like Laura. This is the wave of the future- Laura's living dream brings together so much of what is needed to strengthen our sense of community, improve our environment, and set role models for others. Laura's work is truly inspiring and she is a leader who is helping change our world for the better!

  • chiamiya 28 Oct, 2008

    Laura is the best! She provides us with such yummy, interesting veggies!! My 4 year old has finally started eating veggies with the beautiful purple varieties that Laura grows...purple cauliflower, purple potatoes, purple beans. YUM!
    Please choose Laura as your winner!

  • chiamiya 28 Oct, 2008

    Laura is the best! She provides us with such yummy, interesting veggies!! My 4 year old has finally started eating veggies with the beautiful purple varieties that Laura grows...purple cauliflower, purple potatoes, purple beans. YUM!
    Please choose Laura as your winner!

  • chiamiya 28 Oct, 2008

    Laura is the best! She provides us with such yummy, interesting veggies!! My 4 year old has finally started eating veggies with the beautiful purple varieties that Laura grows...purple cauliflower, purple potatoes, purple beans. YUM!
    Please choose Laura as your winner!

  • EBMark 28 Oct, 2008

    Laura is the best - we love her, and you will, too, Martha!

    She's down to earth - literally.

    And she's given so much to all of us - bringing us together in community.

    Please choose Laura as your winner! She really deserves it! She's the most selfless person I know - and this would be a fantastic recognition of that, in addition to her wonderful success.

    Go Laura!!!!

  • Lonster 26 Oct, 2008

    We are very fortunate to belong to Laura's farm as a member. I look forward to Tuesday so see what we will get !! We usually walk over from our house if time permits us to do so - what a wholesome community service she provides to our little Woodstock Neighborhood in SE Portland. We love her and her interns. Keep up the great work and looking forward to the winter share starting up soon :)

  • LoulieBrown 26 Oct, 2008

    I have been proud to call Laura my farmer for the past 13 years. The availability of local, fresh has been an integral part of moving our lives on a more sustainable path. We have not only been the benefactors of great food and great company - Laura has also taken the time to come and speak to my urban planning students every term about the importance of local agriculture. We are so lucky to have Laura and her farm in our neighborhood!

  • FarmerKatie 23 Oct, 2008

    yay laura! i'm so glad you included a photo of grand island!!!!!!!!!!! hoorah!

  • MarilynWarren 23 Oct, 2008

    Laura, your commitment to "Back to Basics" is remarkable and just what this country needs. We're proud of you here at the Small Farmer's Journal. You deserve the recognition.

  • dornblaser 21 Oct, 2008

    I met Laura years ago and have been hearing more and more about the good work she is doing every year. Laura works multiple small plots in the core of Portland. She works long hours and has followed her dreams despite the barriers and hard work needed to get there. Please vote for her! She deserves it and so does Zenger Farm!

  • bagel 20 Oct, 2008

    It seems like we have dinner with Laura every night!!!! Well, at least her wonderful vegetables make us think so. My husband wanted to join the CSA but I was hesitant. Portland has many Farmer's Markets. Now I am hooked on the CSA. I love being told what to cook by opening the refrigerator. Laura is REALLY smart and funny and humble and hard working. She is a treasure in our community.

  • bagel 20 Oct, 2008

    It seems like we have dinner with Laura every night!!!! Well, at least her wonderful vegetables make us think so. My husband wanted to join the CSA but I was hesitant. Portland has many Farmer's Markets. Now I am hooked on the CSA. I love being told what to cook by opening the refrigerator. Laura is REALLY smart and funny and humble and hard working. She is a treasure in our community.

  • Ladybags 20 Oct, 2008

    Laura, you ROCK! I share your passion for 'farming' ; You, however have turned that passion into a healthy lifestyle for yourelf AND many hundred urbanites! That you have been doing this for over 12 years is truley amazing. You were(and remain)ahead of your time. Including the horses in this dream......awesome!
    Cathi

  • Firen 20 Oct, 2008

    Laura is a great example of a truly sustainable urban farmer. I have worked with her for over three years and am very impressed with her ability to facilitate learning experiences with other farmers, interns,city park managers and the public in addition to growing and delivering wonderful organic vegetables to our table. Laura is also a ecologist creating conservation plans and habitat for beneficial insects on the farmlands she works.

  • barbinlo 20 Oct, 2008

    Laura has done so much to bring the joy of eating from the land to the citizens of our city. We are proud to have a farm literally in our backyard! She has inspired so many to eat locally, and even more to grow their own food for sustainable living. It's great to know your farmer!

  • betsybreyer 20 Oct, 2008

    Laura's my hero! I worked on her farm for 10 months. Laura taught me much more than simply how to grow high quality vegetables in an ecologically sustainable way. She teaches (by example) how people can grow up, grow together and build real community.

  • betsybreyer 20 Oct, 2008

    Laura's my hero! I worked on her farm for 10 months. Laura taught me much more than simply how to grow high quality vegetables in an ecologically sustainable way. She teaches (by example) how people can grow up, grow together and build real community.

  • wandak 19 Oct, 2008

    I think this woman is paving a road into the future. She and others like her could cause our healthcare costs to go down with the organic gardening.

  • jamesandjohn 19 Oct, 2008

    Go Bonnie and Patty, representing the big horses to the big world!

  • 97206 19 Oct, 2008

    How great to get two chances to vote for Laura in one day! I just marked my ballot for Director, Zone 2, East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. Yea for democracy ;-)

  • khali 19 Oct, 2008

    Laura' farms are amazing - from the draft horses to the battery-operated antique tractors she's demonstrating ways to farm that are solidly sustainable. And the veggies are to die for! Laura's dream is still unfolding as she helps the whole region think more about where our food comes from.

  • lb77 18 Oct, 2008

    I also had trouble voting for a few days! Then I gave up for awhile. Today I tried again with success! Thanks Laura for giving us the opportunity to get delicious, organic food practically in our own backyard! Thank you for all you do for our community and our children, expanding our horizons, nourishing our bodies and saving our planet. Community Supported Agriculture-way to go!!

  • sbidesign 17 Oct, 2008

    Laura, you are an inspiration to all who know you and understand what a difference you are making.

  • cookiejohnson 16 Oct, 2008

    Lovely garden grown veggies grace my meals for six months, or more, out of the year. What a great reminder of my granparents garden and inspiration for my children and grandchildren, seeing where our food comes from. And Laura does more than feed us as you can read in her bio. I would like to see her honored for 'all that she does.'

  • alexstone 15 Oct, 2008

    Laura is an inspiration as a farmer, an environmentalist, and a woman working with her hands, intellect, and heart in a traditionally male endeavor. She is, in a very 'grounded' manner, leading urban folk and aggies towards a new way of viewing our food and agriculture. Go girrrrl.

  • noneeee 15 Oct, 2008

    THE WEBSITE WILL NOT LET ME VOTE! I am absolutely inspired by Laura and her approach to community and farming and absolutely frustrated with the website for not allowing me to vote!!!!!

  • courage 14 Oct, 2008

    Cool, Way Cool ! A real down and get your hands dirty idea into reality. I can almost smell the fresh hay. This is not a "making myself a millionaire " idea or an expensive out of reach rich girl toy.........but something genuine, making a difference to city people as well as the earth.........healthy all the way around ! Bravo Laura!!

  • courage 14 Oct, 2008

    Cool, Way Cool ! A real down and get your hands dirty idea into reality. I can almost smell the fresh hay. This is not a "making myself a millionaire " idea or an expensive out of reach rich girl toy.........but something genuine, making a difference to city people as well as the earth.........healthy all the way around ! Bravo Laura!!

  • zawatzky 14 Oct, 2008

    I first met Laura when she volunteered to speak at a local college to students about sustainable food systems. Hearing her speak made me decide to join her CSA. That was over two years ago. Since then, I can honestly say that the lives of everyone in my family have changed for the best. We eat healthier, spend more time together preparing and enjoying meals and are in better touch with the seasons.

  • Spinonemom 13 Oct, 2008

    I have known Laura for many years and marvel at the growth of her farm and her commitment to her community. Laura has also demonstrated a concern for farmers all over the world. As a 2006 Farmer Delegate to Slow Food International's Terra Madre, she joined 5,000 farmers from all over the world, to share experiences and learn from one another. Laura's willingness to share, and her concern for other farmers makes her a very special person Nationally and Internationally.

  • hatharpener 13 Oct, 2008

    In the category of "Dreamers Into Doers" Laura fits perfectly. Some of the other people in this category are doing great things to benefit the world, some are fulfilling their personal goals, but Laura is doing both, and as such is truly an inspiration to me.

  • oswego 13 Oct, 2008

    The City of Lake Oswego Department of Parks

  • hillarybarbour 12 Oct, 2008

    As one of the original Farm members, I've watched Laura's dream grow from feeding a dozen families off her double lot to growing food for hundreds of people and the recent purchase of 40 acres. She never stops innovating to get to the next step. I've been especially impressed by her ability to overcome political challenges--it's not as easy to farm in the city as a casual observer might think--to keep her dream moving forward. Thanks to her commitment and resolve, our community benefits.

  • Katmac2007 11 Oct, 2008

    Laura is such a pioneer. It is such a pleasure to go each week and pick up fresh organic produce right there at her farm in the city. The farm is bursting with the fruits or her hard work. She is so down to earth (excuse the pun) and so devoted to making a real difference in the community. It has not always been easy but she has persevered. She deserves this award.

  • Sandratheyogateacher 11 Oct, 2008

    I pick up my food from Laura's farm. It is organic, fresh and flavorful. What a great learning experience for my kids as well - to meet the farmer and experience different greens and vegetables. I have also shared a glass of wine with Laura more than once and she honest, genuine and so life-loving. A true role model for all.

  • patriciasharon 11 Oct, 2008

    How can anything be more important than producing the food which fuels our bodies? Laura has mastered the art through very hard work and patience , not to mention perserverance!! Way to go Laura.

  • katebucko 11 Oct, 2008

    Laura is one of those rare people who has committed her entire live to making a real, tangible change in her community. Laura's passion for and knowledge about organic farming has brought many of us closer to the earth, considering where out food comes form an understanding the natural cycles of certain crops. Laura is an astounding person who has dedicated her live to "doing" for others.

  • katebucko 11 Oct, 2008

    Laura is one of those rare people who has committed her entire live to making a real, tangible change in her community. Laura's passion for and knowledge about organic farming has brought many of us closer to the earth, considering where out food comes form an understanding the natural cycles of certain crops. Laura is an astounding person who has dedicated her live to "doing" for others.

  • katebucko 11 Oct, 2008

    Laura is one of those rare people who has committed her entire live to making a real, tangible change in her community. Laura's passion for and knowledge about organic farming has brought many of us closer to the earth, considering where out food comes form an understanding the natural cycles of certain crops. Laura is an astounding person who has dedicated her live to "doing" for others.

  • katebucko 11 Oct, 2008

    Laura is one of those rare people who has committed her entire live to making a real, tangible change in her community. Laura's passion for and knowledge about organic farming has brought many of us closer to the earth, considering where out food comes form an understanding the natural cycles of certain crops. Laura is an astounding person who has dedicated her live to "doing" for others.

  • katebucko 11 Oct, 2008

    Laura is one of those rare people who has committed her entire live to making a real, tangible change in her community. Laura's passion for and knowledge about organic farming has brought many of us closer to the earth, considering where out food comes form an understanding the natural cycles of certain crops. Laura is an astounding person who has dedicated her live to "doing" for others.

  • katebucko 11 Oct, 2008

    Laura is one of those rare people who has committed her entire live to making a real, tangible change in her community. Laura's passion for and knowledge about organic farming has brought many of us closer to the earth, considering where out food comes form an understanding the natural cycles of certain crops. Laura is an astounding person who has dedicated her live to "doing" for others.

  • katebucko 11 Oct, 2008

    Laura is one of those rare people who has committed her entire live to making a real, tangible change in her community. Laura's passion for and knowledge about organic farming has brought many of us closer to the earth, considering where out food comes form an understanding the natural cycles of certain crops. Laura is an astounding person who has dedicated her live to "doing" for others.

  • jimandmarti 10 Oct, 2008

    Laura has always been a joy to the people around her. We wish her every sucess in this contest and life. She is doing such important work, and showing that one person can really make a difference.
    Marti

  • zitzelbe 10 Oct, 2008

    Laura has gone above and beyond to create a wonderful community that cares deeply about the food we eat, each other and the footprint we leave in the world. Laura has been extremely thoughtful about every aspect of the farm - from hard-working draft horses that reduce carbon emissions to sustainable composting/fertilizing methods, from mentoring farm interns to spontaneous cookouts with shareholders, 47th Avenue Farm is truly extraordinary.

  • SGelmon 10 Oct, 2008

    Laura is a truly amazing and dedicated person who has created a wonderful community among those of us who participate in her (our!) CSA. We get wonderful vegetables from her, and are very lucky to know her and be part of her commitment. While her life is not exactly Martha Stewart-like, if she can be recognized for her contributions, I will happily support her in whatever venue!

  • KatoB 9 Oct, 2008

    Laura has introduced us to new vegetables, chicken care, fresh milk, fresh milk and goat cheese. She's taught us how to plant tomatoes, clean greenhouses, stake beans and eat really, really well. We love the community she has created!

  • Yourekidding 9 Oct, 2008

    Go Laura! You have been a role model for me in so many ways for the last 8 years, thank you!

  • annawhite 9 Oct, 2008

    We love the farm!

  • GKlindt 9 Oct, 2008

    Fresh, organic and truly local produce grown by a friendly, forward thinking individual who has helped shape the future of what it means to happily live sustainably- it just doesn't get better than that! 47th Ave farm has been an eyeopening and life changing experience for us and many others. Thanks to you Laura and your hard working, always cheerful farmers in training for the wonderful food and experiences we've come to know as "THE farm"!

  • IckyMartha 9 Oct, 2008

    Best of luck Laura! You got my vote, but I almost gave up on the completely onerous task of signing up with Martha Stewart's site.

    I can't believe that they ask so much time (5 minutes) just to vote for someone when there is not reward to me (unless you are one who likes junk mail).

    I guess I will just have to unsubscribe after this event... what a pain!

    Anyway, I am pulling for you!

  • IckyMartha 9 Oct, 2008

    Best of luck Laura! You got my vote, but I almost gave up on the completely onerous task of signing up with Martha Stewart's site.

    I can't believe that they ask so much time (5 minutes) just to vote for someone when there is not reward to me (unless you are one who likes junk mail).

    I guess I will just have to unsubscribe after this event... what a pain!

    Anyway, I am pulling for you!

  • IckyMartha 9 Oct, 2008

    Best of luck Laura! You got my vote, but I almost gave up on the completely onerous task of signing up with Martha Stewart's site.

    I can't believe that they ask so much time (5 minutes) just to vote for someone when there is not reward to me (unless you are one who likes junk mail).

    I guess I will just have to unsubscribe after this event... what a pain!

    Anyway, I am pulling for you!

  • IckyMartha 9 Oct, 2008

    Best of luck Laura! You got my vote, but I almost gave up on the completely onerous task of signing up with Martha Stewart's site.

    I can't believe that they ask so much time (5 minutes) just to vote for someone when there is not reward to me (unless you are one who likes junk mail).

    I guess I will just have to unsubscribe after this event... what a pain!

    Anyway, I am pulling for you!

  • Flabulously_Forty 9 Oct, 2008

    Laura has been my Hero for the last 6 plus years. She has made something out of nothing in starting the CSA.
    Through the trials and troubles she has faced, she always maintains a positive attitude. I truly wish i could be more like her, her energy, her devotion

  • ehh 9 Oct, 2008

    Laura is an incredible farmer and community activist, not to mention an inspiration for all of us who hope we can make a difference in the world.

  • B-daddy 9 Oct, 2008

    In an era of heightened awareness about energy conservation, Laura and her farmers are providing fresh, locally-grown, organic produce that is shipped maybe a few miles compared to a few hundred or a few thousand miles. As to the content of her character, I have met few people as happy and genuine as Laura. Her contagious belly-laugh makes my day, along with the delicious, healthy food she puts on my plate.

  • sarahpearlz 9 Oct, 2008

    I was a member of Laura's farm for 8 years before relocating our family to Shanghai, China this summer. We even worked out a deal with Laura this summer to get veggies right up until we left! She and the flavorful, in season, abundant veggies and times on the farm with the kids are one of the things we really miss about home, and about America, really. She has always been one of my heroes, and my kids still talk about "farmer Laura."

  • GKlindt 9 Oct, 2008

    Fresh, organic and truly local produce grown by a friendly, forward thinking individual who has helped shape the future of what it means to happily live sustainably- it just doesn't get better than that! 47th Ave farm has been an eyeopening and life changing experience for us and many others. Thanks to you Laura and your hard working, always cheerful farmers in training for the wonderful food and experiences we've come to know as "THE farm"!

  • sabbylou 9 Oct, 2008

    I absolutely LOVE my farm share and contributing to community supported agriculture. You've not tasted anything so good as organic pea shoots, sweet baby carrots or homemade pesto made from fresh basil and garlic... YUM. Laura works hard and gets dirty, so we don't have to! (except during work parties!)

  • countrymouse 8 Oct, 2008

    Laura is an inspiration to all of us who hope to start our own farms someday, she's a great mentor and a great cook too!

  • margiemasterson 8 Oct, 2008

    Framing is Hard Work! Yet, Laura and her farm crew make it look like fun. How cool is farming with horses? And, the vegetables look wonderful.
    MAM

  • margiemasterson 8 Oct, 2008

    Framing is Hard Work! Yet, Laura and her farm crew make it look like fun. How cool is farming with horses? And, the vegetables look wonderful.
    MAM

  • margiemasterson 8 Oct, 2008

    Framing is Hard Work! Yet, Laura and her farm crew make it look like fun. How cool is farming with horses? And, the vegetables look wonderful.
    MAM

  • patriciasharon 8 Oct, 2008

    This is exactly what city people need. Fresh, healthy and wholesome foods not requiring long distance shipping, storage and preservatives, not to mention the reduction in fuel used to produce and ship products long distances.