Jon and Nat Shaw
Number of LGMs
4 acre soil operation
Direct to Restaurant
Lettuces: Butterhead, Lollo Rossa, Gem Mixed Variety
Red Vein Sorrel, Scarlett Frills, Baby Amara, Tatsoi, Mizuna
Jon always had a passion for organic vegetable gardening and, after 45 years, he transformed his hobby into a career and launched Karma Farm.
Beyond a traditional soil operation, Jon had success with season extension practices including hoop and row houses. The farm became a family endeavor when Jon's son Nat – a business and sustainability student – discovered the Leafy Green Machine™ and the duo decided to bring it to Karma Farm.
Today, the father-son team run the farm, with Jon farming his traditional land and Nat running the hydroponic operations. With the joint operation, the Shaws provide the Baltimore area's farm-to-table restaurants with a variety of vegetables, including lettuces, leafy greens, and herbs which they grow year-round in the LGM™.
Take an in-depth look at Karma Farm in our one hour interview with Jon and Nat Shaw. We review all of the following and more.
- Discovery & Decision Making
- Incorporating Hydroponics into the Business
- Marketing Local Produce
- Karma Farm's Restaurant Clients
- Advice For Future Farmers
- Audience Q&A
For those of you who didn't get a chance to listen live, or are looking for a shorter summary, check out this blog post! We've outlined the main points from our discussion as well as some follow-up questions with Jon and Nat.
Karma farm q&a
We asked Jon and Nat questions about their experience farming, motivations for becoming a Freight Farmer, finding customers, and more!
One small thing everyone can do to improve the food system? Jon says, "eat less meat"!
10 Reasons to Add an LGM
to a Traditional Farm
The Leafy Green Machine™ requires no previous farming experience to operate. However, those already managing successful farms can reap extra benefits. Aside from extending your season—and of course, your income—into the full calendar year, our soil farmers always appreciate conveniences like harvesting upright, forgetting about weeds, avoiding pests, and many more.