Green Edge Gardens is an organic farm located outside of Amesville, Ohio. It is owned by married couple Rebecca "Becky" and Gilbert "Kip" Rondy. They grow organic mushrooms, microgreens, herbs, and assorted seasonal vegetables. They sell their produce at local markets a well as ship to markets in Columbus, Ohio and some in the Marietta region. They employ full-time, part-time, and seasonal workers as well as interns. Some employees of the farm said the sun falling across the valley with the fog is a great way to start their day of work.
(Bottom left around to bottom right) Natalie Horvath, Matthew Chatfield, Helena Littler, Paula Marsh, Becky Rondy, and Kip Rondy sit at Becky and Kip’s dining room table to have their morning meeting before they began their day’s work. The Rondy’s home doubles as an office for the farm. Becky laughs at a comment made by Kip.
(Left to right) Helena Littler and Sommer Dunn pick lettuce for a sixty-pound order. As they picked they discussed their lives, families, weekend plans, and how grateful they were that “Kip doesn’t replace [them] with robots [to pick the lettuce].” They spoke of their gratitude for sustainable farming and their jobs. “[Picking lettuce] is a release,” Dunn said.
Kip Rondy uses the tractor to “turn up” rows of sweet potatoes so he and his employees could harvest the potatoes that were ripe.
(Left to right) Wyatt Cooper, Noah Fox, and Karrion Toole rip up dead plants from a greenhouse they needed to empty to fill with winter crops. Cooper's and Fox's parents are friends with the Rondys and the Rondys asked for the boys' help for the day.
(Left to right) Cale Linscott and Natalie Horvath pack cherry tomatoes to be shipped out to buyers the following day.
Kip Rondy washes lettuce before packing and shipping it to market.
Natalie Horvath sorts cherry tomatoes into individual purchasing containers and weighs them before packing them to be shipped to buyers.
(Left to right) Becky and Kip Rondy have a coffee and cookie break with Wyatt Cooper (pictured in reflection) and Noah Fox (not pictured) after a day's work in the greenhouse.