Ron Meyers and Ashley Dayer, co-owners of Marigold Farm.
Meyers and Dayer have not been farming on their own for long, but they both have backgrounds in natural resources and farming.
Dayer recently received her Ph.D. from Cornell University in social psychology with a focus on natural resources and habitat conservation issues. She also lived on a ranch in Oregon for two years that had chickens and other livestock.
In addition to having a Ph.D. in natural resources, Meyers has been growing backyard vegetable gardens for most of his life and is tackling the task of raising the chickens with guidance from a few local farmers.
In addition to running the CSA, Meyers also runs a side business helping people set up and cultivate backyard vegetable gardens. The name Marigold comes from his penchant for planting vegetable gardens with marigolds planted around the perimeter. In addition to looking nice, the flowers deter some harmful insect pests from eating the vegetables.
Meyers charges $60 for a site assessment and will also help with plan and design, planting, cultivating and fall cleanup for additional costs depending on the size of the garden.
Meyers grows more than 65 types of vegetables, herbs and flowers including: broccoli, cabbage, corn, cucumbers, lettuce, cantaloupes, onions, peas, peppers, spinach, tomatoes and squash.
Marigold Farm currently has shares available for the summer for vegetables, meat and eggs and the owners welcome anyone interested in the farm to contact them to come and visit to learn more about how it works.
For more information on Marigold Farm, visit marigoldfarmandgardens.com.
Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at email@example.com.