Andrea Bemis on how to be an organic farmer, feed your community and publish a cookbook.
Andrea has one of the most important jobs you can think of: she’s a farmer and grows the food we eat. After moving from town to town living the nomad lifestyle, Andrea Bemis and her husband, Taylor, started an organic vegetable farm called Tumbleweed Farm in Parkdale, near Hood River, Oregon.
Andrea’s wild idea: to start and run an organic farm with her husband, and share her recipes from the foods she grows with the world through her blog and book, Dishing Up The Dirt.
We talk about how she got into farming, what she would have done if she wasn’t a farmer, what she’s learned from working on the land and the realities of farm—which is not always as romantic as it may seem. We also talk about how she turned her passion for growing and cooking her own food into a successful blog, Dishing Up The Dirt, and how that blog gained the attention of a major publisher and resulted in a beautiful cookbook. Andrea is a delightful storyteller with a great message of having a simple dream and sharing community through food. At the end, Andrea shares some recipes so make sure to have a pad and pen ready.
Listen to this episode if:
- You’ve ever thought about quitting your job and moving to a farm.
- You love local, organic produce.
- You’re into food blogs and beautiful pictures.
- You want to grow your own food.
- You want to write a book, especially a cookbook.