Chester County Featured Farmers
Meghan Klotzbach of Mother Earth Mushrooms
Want to know what Meghan Klotzbach's favorite holiday memory of growing up in the mushroom business is?
Meghan, the regulatory manager at Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms, is January's "Chester County Featured Farmer," the first in our new series of monthly farmer snapshots to help folks get to know the hard-working people behind the farms in our county's number one industry.
Rick Constantine of Herban Farms, LLC
Rick Constantine hasn't always thought of himself as a farmer, at least a "traditional" one. Initially an education major in college, Rick was persuaded to join his family's burgeoning hydroponic basil farm in 2004 as they were just getting the business off the ground. Located on the grounds of Cheyney University, Herban Farms, LLC, sells hydroponically grown basil to major super markets and specialty food stores all over the region. Despite the farm's growth, Rick still takes a very hands-on (or beard-in!) approach to pest management. Hear about the trials and tribulations he endures during his regular ladybug releases in the greenhouse.
Melissa Harrop of Meadow Creek Livestock, LLC
Consumer choice is an important part of our local agriculture industry, as well as the federal regulations that ensure the safety of our farm products. Melissa Harrop encourages people to have real conversations with their farmers about how they grow and why, instead of relying entirely on what they may find online.
Melissa is a proud U.S. Army veteran and parent of three including the reigning 2019 Chester County Little Miss Agriculture USA (Ellie Harrop). She raises dairy steers and heifers on her family's farm in Chester Springs, Pa., and sells beef directly to the public. She and her family also grow feed corn, soybeans and hay.