Powder Keg Farms was created in 2018, after Gini LaMaster dug into her gardening roots to expand her operation. She’d already been providing area restaurants with custom grown herbs and produce, along with eggs from her brood of chickens, but knew she wanted to do more for her community. That’s when she tested the idea of offering a CSA. The support confirmed she could fill a need, and the farm’s successful ongoing four-season CSA continues to prove her right.
While the farm began in the small gardens surrounding the LaMaster’s 1700s homestead, it steadily expanded to include two greenhouses, a state-of-the-art wash station, a propagation house, and making use of the farm’s vast, open fields. Husband Brian jumped in to help with the facilities and employees were hired to support the labor-intensive tasks of heritage-based farming and in the kitchen fulfilling the prepared foods part of the equation.
Over the years, the farm has provided produce for schools, brought nutritious fare to area populations with low access, helped educate kids on healthy food choices, served restaurants, and delivered weekly baskets full of healthy edibles to a whole lot of doorsteps through the CSA. In addition, when the pandemic hit, Powder Keg Farms became essential workers, partnering with other area producers so the farm could deliver not just fresh food to customers, but a wide array of other items from meat and poultry to apothecary items.
Gini is known for her giving heart, and it’s the underlying thread in how she farms (using responsible, earth-loving, time-tested techniques she learned from her grandmother) and why it’s important to provide nutrient-dense, respectfully grown food to the people.
After two years of working with Tyler Garrett, her right-hand man, and sharing her “new, old way” of farming, Gini handed him the operational reins to the farm in March 2022. Tyler continues to farm food the same way at the same location though the same means, serving the many CSA customers who rely on Powder Keg Farms for their produce, eggs and other staples. Tyler’s partner, Lacey Emry, contributes to the administrative side of running the farm.
Gini supports the farm as needed in her role as owner, but with a lighter workload. And Brian was happy to return to gunsmithing, at which he both loves and excels.
Life is good at the farm.