Josh and Ann founded Sláinte Farm in the winter of 2016. Their decision was prompted by their strong passion for growing their own food, providing for their community, and sustainably running their Colorado homestead. In addition to farming their land, they are in the process of building an entirely self-sustaining home, using the earthship model as a foundation
Ann is certified in Permaculture, a design system that centers on mimicking the natural world. She’s passionate about creating a hybrid system of farming that combines Permaculture with influences from Elliot Coleman, Jean-Martin Fortier, and Curtis Stone. “I am so inspired about the many strategies available for organic farming,” she explains. “I can’t wait to fine-tune something that works best for us in our environment.”
One of Ann’s goals is to add as many perennial vegetables to the farm as possible including a wide variety of herbs. She started her own operation, Handful of Herbs, several years ago to grow and sell edible flowers and herbs to the community (if you want to talk to Ann about purchasing Handful of Herbs goods, you can get in touch with her at [email protected]). Since then, she continued to pursue her love of farming and food by co-founding Slainte Farm, which has allowed her to add vegetable farming to her repertoire. Keep an eye out for unusual culinary herbs like Lovage and Savories as well as medicinal like Tulsi and Echinacea, and native, at-risk plants like Osha.
Josh owns Carnes Construction and Handyman Services. He is a plant-lover and a true jack-of-all-trades, fixing up, building, and doing whatever needs to be done on and around the farm. His passion is natural building, so he takes every opportunity to get creative with projects like building with straw bales and other inventive alternatives to conventional building.
Josh’s favorite vegetable is Brussels sprouts (he jokes that even as a kid he loved them, and would refer to them as baby brains!) A long time home gardener and farmer, he’s excited about the expansion of Sláinte Farm to the point that he can eventually get to use a BPS walk-behind tracker.
Meet the Critters
Benny, short for Benjamin, is a gentle giant. He loves vegetables just as much as we do. If left unattended he will dig up as many carrots as get he can get his paws on.
Darcy is a loyal friend and is always by Ann’s side in the field, making sure no rabbits get a chance to munch on the lettuces.