Choosing the side of gardeners and farmers
“I like for people to be happy and healthy.”
Sue Richardson immigrated to West Virginia from Thailand 21 years ago, for love. She started with a small garden, but she had extra vegetables. It grew from there. Now she grows strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, potatoes, pears, peaches, apples, tomatoes, asparagus, cherries, and more. She sells in Fairmont, Clarksburg, Bridgeport and Morgantown.
“Why is my garden bigger and bigger? The customers! If I need to learn something, I go to google, or ask a neighbor… the neighborhood is so good to me.”
Sue is beloved, and it’s easy to see why. She never stops. She wanted us to experience the farm, so she cooked five separate homemade dishes for our team.
Now her dream is to find young gardeners or farmers to sell the farm to, but it’s hard. For the last 30 years, small farms have been squeezed out by big Ag, the farmers share of the food dollar has halved, and many schools have stopped teaching kids about food and farms. The result: food that is less healthy, jobs that are less sustainable, and fewer family farms.
We can reverse this trend, but only if we win a government that favors our people over out-of-state profit margins.
See a few of our plans to address these issues here: