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About Andrew Mefferd
Andrew Mefferd has been the editor and publisher of Growing for Market magazine since the beginning of 2016. Before that he spent seven years in the research department at Johnny’s Selected Seeds, traveling around the world to consult with researchers and farmers on the best practices in greenhouse growing. He put what he learned to use on his own farm in Maine. For more about the magazine, visit www.growingformarket.com.
Andrew grew up in Virginia with frequent trips to visit his grandparents’ farm in Pennsylvania. After going to journalism school, he wanted to start a farm on the family land. He apprenticed on farms in six states (Pennsylvania, California, Washington State, Virginia, New York State and Maine), started One Drop Farm in Pennsylvania, then moved the farm to Maine before working for Johnny’s. In addition to greenhouse and hoophouse growing, he has a passion for helping growers succeed and promoting the local farming movement. One change he would like to see in the world is for more of our food to be produced closer to where it is eaten. Andrew also works as a consultant for natural greenhouse growing and sustainable agriculture. For more information go to www.andrewmefferd.com.
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