Born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, Danielle attended the University of Florida where she received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. This was followed by a post graduate internship at UF in Bioenergy and Sustainable Technology. She has worked at an environmental toxicology lab, as an artisan cheesemaker, and for several seasons as an apprentice/employee at organic vegetable farms in both North Carolina and Florida. It was during these apprenticeships that she found the career calling aligned with all of her values, to be able to grow healthy food for the local community and for environmental wellbeing. In 2016, Danielle adopted a plant based (vegan) diet that has carried over into Stonecrop Garden's business practices as well.
Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Mark attended the University of Wyoming where he received a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design. Inspired by the scenery and beautiful landscape of Wyoming, Mark set out on a 1,500 mile post graduation bike trip to explore further west. After working on his friend's ranch in Wyoming and spending time with an organic vegetable grower in Idaho, Mark found that a career in farming was something he wished to pursue. He then spent a season as an apprentice in Gainesville, Florida, where he met Danielle. Their dream of farming together led them to start their own market garden in Madison County, located halfway between their home towns, where they grow vegetables, flowers and herbs with plant based methods.
Stonecrop Garden grows on leased land in Marshall, North Carolina. The site was found through the extremely helpful farm finding service provided by WNC Farmlink. For more information about WNC Farmlink, see: https://wncfarmlink.org/
The lease arrangement provides:
- access to two acres of land
- use of a 5,000 gallon barrel rain cistern for irrigation of the field crops
- barn space for post harvest and tool storage
This opportunity has been essential to helping the market garden grow, and we are incredibly grateful for our time at this gorgeous place!