|Think Little Market Garden
Think Little is a bio-intensive market garden (i.e. less than two acres) in south-central KY. Our aim is to grow as much as possible, as sustainable as possible (ecologically, economically, & emotionally), on just one acre of cultivated ground. We believe one acre, 43,560 square feet, has the potential to grow a great deal of food for our community and support a full-time farm family.
|Proud of How We Grow
To get the most out of every square foot, we mostly rely on hand tools, manual labor, durable mulch, and a small "walk-behind" tractor for working the ground. Our primary sources of fertility are composted manures, aged compost from WKU, crop residues, short-season cover crops, and fish/kelp emulsions. While we do our best to use mechanical methods to control problem insects/diseases there may be times we use other integrated pest-management practices (OMRI approved) to save a crop, but only after the former methods have been exhausted and not without careful consideration (i.e. if we don't trust it around our family, we won't have it around yours). Most of our transplants are started by Mammoth Cave Transplants and Banner Greenhouses from seed/varieties we have selected, because we don't yet have the capacity to reliably grow such amazing transplants year-round. If you have any questions about our growing practices, please send us a message.
|Think Little CSA
The core of our farm business is our CSA. It's simple, members commit to a portion of what our farm produces before the season begins and, in return, we provide our members with a half-bushel box of fresh, healthful, local produce, the best the farm has to offer and more, each and every week throughout the season (delivery available). Members also get deals not offered to the public (discounts on boxes of canning tomatoes, priority for in-demand vegetables, etc.) and are invited to members-only farm days throughout the season. Think of it as an investment in the local economy, the livelihood of a small family farm, and your health. Because, you're worth it. To learn more about our CSA and to become a member for the upcoming season, click here. (spots are limited, delivery available to Bowling Green area)
Our family, along with what we grow, can be found every week at Community Farmers Market (SAT8-1:TUE2-6). We believe fresh, healthful, local food is a right, not a privilege. Fresh food access has been an important part of our farm story, having assisted with the implementation of the first incentive program for the use of SNAP at a farmers market in Kentucky. Three percent of what we make at CFM during the main-season (MAY//OCT) will be donated to the CFM Double Dollars initiative, which addresses the affordability of fresh, healthy, local, food by doubling a portion of SNAP benefits used at CFM every market day. All excess vegetables will be donated to the HOTEL INC Manna Mart food pantry each week.
Jackson & Jordan Rolett, are first generation beginning farmers. It means we don't come from farming backgrounds and have less than 10 years of experience. Our farm story began in 2011, after deciding it was time to get involved in something we loved about our hometown, volunteering at Community Farmers Market and other local farms. Soon after, we began what grew into a small farm incubator at Need More Acres Farm, as well as outreach coordination at CFM. Jackson also completed a six-month fellowship with Community Farm Alliance, taking what he learned from doing outreach at CFM to create SNAP/Double Dollar models in Eastern KY. As our family and interest in farming grew, welcoming sons Avery and Arlo, Nathan and Michelle created opportunities to transition into a full-time living. The obstacles encountered by families in our situation--first generation, beginning farmers--of access to decent farmland, working capital, appropriate training, good marketplaces, and student loan debt (just to name a few, not to mention a changing climate) are daunting and we still face most of them to this day, but we are fortunate to be a part of a supportive community of farmers and local food consumers. To learn more about these issues and what you can do about it (besides become a member of our CSA, of course), check out the National Young Farmers Coalition and Community Farm Alliance.
“… The citizen who is willing to think little, and, accepting the discipline of that, to go ahead on his own, is already solving a problem. A man who is trying to live as a neighbor to his neighbors will have a lively and practical understanding of the work of peace and brotherhood, and let there be no mistake about it – he is doing that work. A couple who make a good marriage, and raise healthy, morally competent children, are serving the world’s future more directly and surely than any political leader, though they never utter a public word. A good farmer who is dealing with the problem of soil erosion on an acre of ground has a sounder grasp of that problem and cares more about it and is probably doing more to solve it than any bureaucrat who is talking about it in general.” (Berry, Think Little)