Garden + Small Farm Consulting
Do you want to grow more food at home for yourself or your family? Install a prairie garden? Learn important soil health techniques? Have a better yield from your growing spaces? Better understand how to set up your garden to fit with your life? Scale up your growing? Plant perennials?
Let's grow food + build healthy soils together!
How it works //
During our time together I will listen to your goals + dreams for your growing space. I will observe your site and make recommendations based on your soil and space. I will walk you through basic recommendations for the layout of your garden space, how to prepare the soil using no-till methods, how to create a planting calendar that incorporates what you would like to grow, and other skills of your choosing. If there is a very specific skill or project you would like to consult on we can do that too. I can work one-on-one or with families and I encourage you to engage your children in the process of learning plants and growing food! After our time together I will follow up with resources and a written plan that covers what we discussed. If you would like to schedule additional time with me you are also welcome to do so after that!
Skills I can teach //
Designing a new garden to fit your needs - ease, beauty, yield, etc.
Understanding your soil
Soil health + soil building techniques
Gardening with and designing gardens for children/grandchildren
Wild edible plants + their uses
Composting design + set-up
Starting seeds at home
Introduction + growing techniques for common vegetables
Bio-intensive planting techniques
Harvesting + processing techniques
Canning + Preserving
Perennial plant installation
Who I work with //
I work with beginning + experienced gardeners and small-scale farmers. You can be anywhere along your journey. If you have never started growing food before or if you already have many years of growing but are looking for more insights, I can make suggestions based on how you would like to improve and expand your growing.
I work in Southwest Iowa, Omaha, and surrounding areas. I am open to traveling but will need to increase my rate to take that into account.
The why //
It can sometimes be daunting and/or time consuming to scour books and the internet for resources about growing real food, caring for soil, or identifying plants, even though all the information is certainly out there! I spend a lot of time researching, reading, and meeting with my mentors ranging from farmers, ecologists, seed savers, and wild plant enthusiasts. If you are like me, I learn best when I am shown a skill and can practice it with others. This is the way I was first taught about plants as young child. Many people I meet want to grow food for themselves or their family in intentional ways that support the land and its species, but are overwhelmed and do not know where to start. I would love to help you get growing in your own space. Everyone can learn these skills and while gardening does take time, there are ways to set it up to suit your needs + lifestyle.
It all starts with your soil.
About Cait //
I have 8 years of farming experience using sustainable + organic methods. I previously co-operated a CSA vegetable farm and have 5 years experience working as an agricultural educator. I love teaching hese skills more than anything and I believe in making it accessible, affordable, and fun. I see growing food and working with the soil as a life-long learning experience and I learn more and more each season. Some day I hope to start my own seed cooperative with other farmers.
It is $100 to start working with me which includes;
[ ] Communicating about your garden space + growing background
[ ] Filling out a survey that will help me understand what you would like to learn
[ ] Meeting with me for an hour to an hour and a half at your garden
[ ] Following our meeting you will receive a plan outlining the skills we covered, providing you with more free
resources from my library and a growing plan we create together.
If for some reason this price does not work for you please indicate that on your consultation form and I will do my best to make arrangements with you.
Schedule with me today! //
To schedule with me please email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a consultation form. We will find a date and time that works for both of us and I will travel to you! For those of you who are parents, do not worry, I am happy to work around and with your kiddos + family.
Please note //
My emphasis is on growing food as well as plants that build soils + support our pollinators. I love annual flowers and roses too, but that is not the focus on my offerings. If you are looking for more information on growing petunias or geraniums this may not be what you are looking for. However, if you want to grow peppers, arugula, medicinal herbs, and a garden full of native plants to attract bees and butterflies, let’s get together!
For groups, organizations, schools //
If you are a group and would like to work with me for workshops or consulting I am available for that as well. Send me an email at with the idea for your project and we can go from there.
My hope is that you will feel more confident in caring for you land + growing the plants and foods that you desire at home, on your farm, in your community garden, wherever it is that you grow.
Some of My Favorite Resources //
The Market Gardener by J.M. Fortier
The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables by Ben Hartman
How to Grow More Vegetables and Fruits by John Jeavons
The Organic Medicinal Herb Grower by Jeff and Melanie Carpenter
The New Organic Grower by Elliot Coleman
The Winter Harvest Handbook by Elliot Coleman
The Seed Garden - Seed Savers Exchange
Managing Alternative Pollinators by Eric Mader, Marla Spivak, and Elaine Evans
Farming with Native Beneficial Insects by The Xerces Society
Online Crop Guides - Seed Savers Exchange
Online Resources - Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance
Growers Library - Johnny's Seeds