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From the Farmer

Little Wild Things

 Washington, DC

We use organic growing methods and never use any chemical fertilizers or pesticides.  We are learning to use biologically intensive agriculture principles to sustainably achieve high yields from our very small growing space.  As a first generation farm, we are constantly researching innovations in farming, trying new techniques, and learning as we grow. Some of our favorite models and farmers from whom we've learned include: Green City Acres (Curtis Stone) in Kelowna, British Colombia, Les Jardins de la Grelinette (Jean Martin-Fortier) in Quebec,  Polyface Farms in Swope, VA, and the SPIN Farming models. 

We source our compost locally from Veteran Compost and buy the majority of our seeds from these great seed companies:Johnny's Selected Seeds (ME); Mountain Valley Seeds (UT); Todd's Seeds (MI); and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (VA).

Mary Ackley, Founder & Chief Veggie Officer

Little Wild Things City Farm is the dream of founder Mary Ackley. Mary discovered her love of plants in a graduate school botany course at the University of Vermont. Later, she began experimenting with urban gardening while living overseas in Colombo, Sri Lanka for her job with the U.S. Foreign Service. She continued to garden when she returned to Washington, D.C. in 2013 where she helped found the Harry Thomas Community Garden in Eckington in 2014. She decided to turn her gardening habit into something more in 2014 and is enjoying her second season on the farm.  Mary was a Peace Corps volunteer in Fiji from 2003-05, holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.S. in Natural Resources Management, and previously worked in international development.  

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