Finding Her Niche at Bloomsbury Farm

Finding Her Niche at Bloomsbury Farm
To make the most of limited space, rows of cabbage and kale are densely planted with just enough room to drive a tractor between the rows. Drip irrigation lines laid down before the vegetables are transplanted encourage lush growth without wasting water.

Bloomsbury Farm in Smyrna, Tennessee, started as an experiment. In 2009, Lauren left her job as a social worker in Nashville and returned to her parents’ home to try her hand at organic farming. “I literally just threw seeds in the ground and tested things,” she says. When she took the harvests to the local farmers’ market, the enthusiastic response encouraged her to keep going. “I tried rutabagas, and people flipped out,” she says. “People in the south don’t like them, but I had a customer [originally] from the Midwest who said, ‘I love rutabagas!’ It was just a trial-and-error thing.”