Kristin Thompson’s passion for plants and the empowerment of growing her own food started from a young age and has been calling her ever since. She believes it is one of the most grounding and self-empowering things a person can do for themselves and wants to share it with others through highly nutritious organic produce.
Thompson has been growing food since 2012 and was an Organic Farm Intern at the Women’s Environmental Institute. She started designing personal edible gardens for others in and around Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minn. for a number of years; while growing food herself at local community gardens. She is now venturing out into the world of farming through her new business, Tuttie Fruitties, an Organic Certified Farm in St Croix, Minn.
The farm was established through a program with the Minnesota Food Association and Big River Farms that helps beginning farmers get established.
In this episode of the Rural Business Show, Thompson shares what led her to farming and why she loves it. She talks about what she’s learned so far in the business and the challenges small farmers face in making a living in this industry. We discuss how policymakers can remove roadblocks for new farmers, and Thompson shares advice to others considering getting into this business.