Owner/Farmer Ben has been farming since 2010 in both rural and urban areas in different temperate zones across the continental U.S. Originally from Maryland, he earned his B.S. in social anthropology and globalization at Towson University.
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Ben sharing details about one of our low tunnels
While at Towson, he helped found the Towson University Urban Farm and has since been involved in Baltimore City’s thriving urban farming community. In 2010, Ben traveled to Oregon to study vegetable farming in the fertile Willamette Valley with the University of Oregon and also interned with several skilled farmers in Southern Oregon. Colorado has been home for the past several years, where Ben apprenticed with a farm in Fort Collins and went on to manage Hope Farms in 2013.
Before founding Raisin’ Roots Farm in 2014, Ben worked with Denver Urban Gardens at the DeLaney Community Farm with a dedicated CSA program in the metro area. Ben is excited to continue serving the diverse community of Colorado’s Front Range. During the winter and occasionally during the growing season Ben does trim carpentry and home remodeling projects in the Fort Collins area. In his free time away from the veggie fields, Ben enjoys hiking and biking with his dog Raisin, reading a good book, listening to live music, meeting new people, and occasionally rock climbing or playing soccer.
Raisin works hard to keep deer out of the fields when the farmers need their rest. She is also neighborhood ambassador and takes her protective duties very seriously. Raisin is 7 years old and has lived in many different areas throughout the U.S., from cities to rural farms and forests. As property guardian, one must get into Raisin’s good graces to achieve free range on the farm under her watchful eye.
Raisin pausing to smile for the camera