James is a first generation farmer like many growers in this new age of organic farming. Prior to Buzz's Garden, he began apprenticing on two other certified organic farms in the Rochester region; Lakestone Family Farm and Lighthouse Gardens.
James' specialties are soil/field preparations, equipment management, crop planning, and field sowing.
His favorite vegetables are beets, carrots, peppers, and tomatoes.
Hayley is a first generation farmer, well sort of.... her great grand-parents used to own and farm all of what is now the Mendon Golf Club. They grew lots of grains and potatoes back in the day. Hayley studied as an undergrad at the University of Rochester, and obtained a masters in Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis. She also apprenticed at Lighthouse gardens.
Hayley tends to the plant nursery, seed sowing, newsletters, and public relations.
Her favorite vegetables are carrots, celery, and beets.
Together, Hayley and James bring the entire operation to fruition by hand; planting, watering, cultivating, harvesting, washing, and attending farmers' markets. They are continually learning through careful observation, researching, classes, workshops, and from other farmers.