The Farmers: Josh Plymale and Jessica Plymale: Together Josh and Jess bring to Elm Street Gardens six seasons of growing vegetables and a focus on providing good food to everyone.
Josh hails from North Carolina and spent his first two years of farming in Newton County (GA) where he concentrated on supplying restaurants and markets in Atlanta. He studied business at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and enjoys mingling farming with the business world by way of interacting with chefs and market customers to make meaningful food connections. Josh is a farmer by day and novice carpenter and sous chef by night.
Jessica comes to Elm Street by way of Western North Carolina, but is originally from the great state of Texas. She started farming while finishing up her last year of college at Texas State University working for an urban farm in Austin that employed youth ages 14-18. This is where she first started to combine her passions for a healthy food system, experiential education and love for the outdoors. She has farmed just south of Atlanta and in western North Carolina gaining skills in raising vegetables, pigs, and soil microbes. When she is not farming, Jessica enjoys baking bread, fermenting vegetables and adventuring outdoors.
The Owners, Robert & Suzy Currey: The founders of Elm Street Gardens, Robert and Suzy Currey, have spent most of their working lives involved in the home furnishings industry. Their most recent business, Currey & Company, from which they are mostly retired, was begun in 1988 and is a manufacturer of lighting and both interior and garden furnishings. Elm Street Gardens came about as over the years they transformed the overgrown backyard behind their 1840's home into a beautiful and highly productive vegetable farm. They have also developed a mushroom growing operation, Sparta Mushrooms, across the street in another historic building.