Who We Are
Meet the Team
Mayda's passion for farming began when she asked herself how she might create positive change within her community. She quickly realized that food was something that could bridge the barriers of social constructs and improve upon the lives of people from all walks of life. Mayda loves to transform a space and help things grow, and she knows that it all begins with healthy soils. Her belief is that healthy soils produce healthy plants which in turn provide fuel for people to create healthy communities. Before farming, she worked as a teacher and continues to educate through the garden.
Anders has always had a knack for building and growing. He started in his own backyard building chicken coops and raised beds and worked as Technician with the USDA for 8 years. Not only is he great on all our construction projects, he has a way of seeing a problem and creating simple solutions to solve it. He is the one that's always making sure that things are running smoothly, whether that be finding a better way of completing a task, or inventing and building a new tool to get it done. With a talent for all things business and finance, Anders rounds out the Groundwork team.
At this precise point in time, I am exceedingly grateful to be safely and gainfully employed by an essential company about whose mission I care deeply, while feeding myself with nutritious and delicious food. I get to work with my friends, Mayda and Anders... and practice a type of farming that focuses as much on responsible stewardship as it does on feeding people. At GWMG, we strive toward regenerative practices. For example, vastly minimizing tillage helps us to sequester carbon. (If you’re interested in carbon sequestration, I highly recommend checking out the podcast from Nori, “reversing climate change”.) There are many other cultural practices we utilize, and daily we troubleshoot and streamline our systems so we can be accountable to our goals of land stewardship. I feel extremely privileged to bend my back to this land which we are occupying. Alongside our work on the farm, we are in constant discussion about better ways to both professionally and personally serve the immediate community surrounding the farm, as well as in greater Buffalo, the US, and our world.
Best Good Boy
Pancho came into this world on March 1, 2019. The runt of the litter, he was born a full day after his 5 other siblings. He was born with a fervent appetite (he was the runt after all, so probably lacking nutrition) and a strong desire to please and be a good, helpful boy. Though his giant appetite has waned, his desire to be helpful has not. Pancho wants to be right at the center of whatever is happening on the farm, to prove that he's good at doing stuff. Spoiler alert: he's really not very good at much, but we give him a pass because he's so devilishly handsome.
Pancho's farm skills include: digging up rocks, chasing wildlife, ripping out large chunks of grass and tearing em to shreds (weeding), charming CSA members and farm stand attendees alike, improving social media content, and boosting team morale!
Everything we grow on our two acre farm is USDA Certified Organic. In short, that means we use no harmful pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, or GMO seeds in our production. To dive deeper into USDA organic certification and what that means, you can start here. We pride ourselves on the quality of our product and we achieve this through applying regenerative agricultural practices. We plant and weed all our crops by hand which means we interact with our plants regularly. We rotate our crops and rely on observation and planning to get ahead of pest and disease issues. It is essential to us that we produce the most nutritious fruits and veggies, and we believe that starts with our soil. We use a no-till system and are constantly amending and feeding our soils to provide optimal growing environments for our crops.
What We Produce
We grow over 50 different varieties of vegetables, and some small fruit, in accordance with the seasons. Early spring lettuces, greens, and sweet peas give way to summer's heat loving tomatos, peppers, cukes, and eggplant. In the fall, we enjoy root veggies, hearty greens, and cabbages. We love to mix up the classics that everyone knows and loves with an exciting variety of crops that might not be as familiar. As they say, variety is the spice of life- and on our farm, we like to spice it up!