Passive solar greenhousePassive solar greenhouse
Love this roofing!Love this roofing!
Inside the greenhouseInside the greenhouse
Tomato seedlings inside the greenhouseTomato seedlings inside the greenhouse
Seedlings and black barrels to absorb heat to warm the greenhouseSeedlings and black barrels to absorb heat to warm the greenhouse
Small fruit orchardSmall fruit orchard
These fields make up the bulk of Liz's growing areaThese fields make up the bulk of Liz's growing area
Mulch bedsMulch beds
These beds have never been tilledThese beds have never been tilled
Love the design of this open barnLove the design of this open barn
Bees!Bees!
Lettuces out in the fieldLettuces out in the field
The high tunnel with sides that raise and lower on a hand crankThe high tunnel with sides that raise and lower on a hand crank
Liz Liz
Inside the high tunnelInside the high tunnel
She can even grow carrots!She can even grow carrots!
Spinach and lettuces off to a good start inside the high tunnelSpinach and lettuces off to a good start inside the high tunnel
  • Passive solar greenhouse
  • Love this roofing!
  • Inside the greenhouse
  • Tomato seedlings inside the greenhouse
  • Seedlings and black barrels to absorb heat to warm the greenhouse
  • Small fruit orchard
  • These fields make up the bulk of Liz's growing area
  • Mulch beds
  • These beds have never been tilled
  • Love the design of this open barn
  • Bees!
  • Lettuces out in the field
  • The high tunnel with sides that raise and lower on a hand crank
  • Liz
  • Inside the high tunnel
  • She can even grow carrots!
  • Spinach and lettuces off to a good start inside the high tunnel

A few weeks ago I visited Happy Hollow Farm in Jamestown with the Heart of Missouri Master Gardeners. Happy Hollow is owned by Liz Graznak, and is one of the very few certified organic vegetable farms in the area.

Liz operates Happy Hollow primarily as a CSA farm, but said she’s also going to be visiting the new Farmers and Artisans Market downtown on Sundays.

I love visiting vegetable farms, so I was giddy to learn about the production practices Liz uses. I was especially blown away by her no-till mulch beds, which have never EVER been tilled, but instead have had a thick layer of mulch added to them each year to create rich, loose soil. Liz also has a high tunnel to allow her to extend the growing season. She even has a winter CSA.

If you’re in the Columbia area and are thinking about a CSA, Happy Hollow still has a few spots left.