Lilah started practicing her cooking skills at 2 years old, making breakfast for the family. At 9 years old, she started her first business, Lilah’s Lunch Box, at Community Farmers Market. When not cooking or baking, Lilah is spending time with one of the many animals on the farm.
Adaline’s skills building relationships has helped our entire family value the emotional labor she invests on the farm. While the rest of us are often tired after a morning harvesting or selling at market—Adaline is always ready to meet a new friend, and always remembers important things they have told her.
Sterling, aka Tractor Boy, loves tractor rides, Legos, spending time at his Granny’s, and YouTube videos. He’s never met a stranger, and will talk your ear off about animals, nature, and food.
Nathan was born in Glasgow, KY to parents who were full-time farmers in Hart county. Michelle was born the same year in Nashville, TN to parents who lived in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Michelle and her mother move just outside of San Diego, California where she was surrounded by fruit and vegetable production, but experienced food insecurity due to a lack of transportation.
Michelle gets her first job at Jackson’s Orchard & Nursery in Bowling Green where she would work for the next 9 years.
Nathan and his father grew their first speciality crop, pumpkins, for Kentucky Kingdom, in Louisville, KY.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the farm pivots slightly to ensure that their commitment to food access is sustained. While many farmers transition to online and delivery, NMA remains committed to weekly deliveries to HOTEL INC, schools, and sales to supplemental nutrition program participants at CFM. The Farming, Culinary Arts, & Community Organizing co-op for High Schoolers is launched. Michelle receives a grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women to create a community storytelling event with other women artists in Kentucky.
NMA continues its Farm to School efforts with every elementary student in the Bowling Green City Elementary schools visiting the farm. NMA receives two grants: USDA Farm To School grant to expand the high school co-op program and a VAPG grant to launch a meal kit delivery service. Together with the University of Kentucky and Black Soils, Michelle receives a Southern SARE grant to provide an interactive curriculum and professional development program for University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University on diversity and inclusion in the food system.