Amy Randazzo, former accountant and mother of three, is now crunching numbers in a different way. She's drawing up crop rotation plans, taking inventory, and monitoring income and expenses for her new farming venture, Grani's Acres. Staff meetings are now held with her husband and children and her new office is the hoop house they raised last year to extend their growing season. It's not a fancy skyrise in the city, but you can't beat the view. We caught up with Amy to learn a little bit more!
1. When did you start farming?
2012 – the year of the drought.Not a great year to be a rookie farmer!
2. Can you tell us a little bit about your farm
We have 2 ½ acres of vegetables.We also have 200 chickens for eggs.In 2015 we raised a test batch of broiler chickens just to try it out.We didn’t sell any of the birds, we kept them for ourselves.We just wanted to start slow.We will raise more in 2016.We bought the farm from my grandparents.They raised miniature horses for 22 years.The people that owned the land before them raised thoroughbreds.My son Mitchell did an internship with PrairiErth farm in 2014 then moved to our farm.It was amazing to work alongside him in 2015!My brother retired from the Navy at the end of 2012.He’s been living there and helping out for the past three years.My dad – a former John Deere mechanic – lives just two miles down the road. He loves to help with anything that involves driving the John Deere tractor that he generously provided for us.
3. Tell me a little bit about the sustainable farming practices that you use.
We are adamant about crop rotation.We make note every year of what crops are going where, so that we don’t duplicate anything in one pla