Dicot Farm grows Certified Organic vegetables in Waldorf, MD – 25 miles south of Washington, DC.
Our Farming Philosophy
Our goal is to provide nutrient-dense foods to our neighbors to help them become healthier and happier, and create a more equitable and engaged community.
We are Certified Organic, but we consider our personal standards and ethics to be more conscientious than the National Organic Program. We believe in creating a harmonious ecosystem on our farm by increasing biodiversity, choosing renewable natural resources, and using less petroleum-based materials. We are building our land’s fertility using soil conservation practices including cover cropping, rotational grazing, reduced tillage, and stewardship of the soil food web.
Meet the Farmers
We’re your farmers, Erik and Meghan! We started dating in 2010 when farming wasn’t even a glimmer in our eyes – Erik worked as a draftsman for an engineering firm and Meghan was an analyst for the federal government. We got into farming through our common love of cooking good food. Of course, one of the best ways to cook good food is to start with the best ingredients. This basic principle sent us down a path to joining a CSA, shopping at farmers markets, talking to farmers, starting a garden, etc. As the story goes, one thing led to another and the next thing you know, we’re taking farming classes through the Accokeek Foundation and the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission and searching real estate sites for farmland. The more we learned about farming and the benefits of buying locally produced and organically grown food, the more our shared passion for sustainable veggie farming grew.
We got married in 2013 and bought our farm in Waldorf in early 2014. Erik quit his job as a draftsman to work on three different farms in 2014, where he gained a ton of knowledge and skills that helped us launch Dicot Farm in 2015. We had a humble start with just one farmers market making 50-70 bucks a week, but we learned a lot and improved pretty fast.
We’ve also continued to take every opportunity to learn to be better farmers over the last few years – participating in farm mentor programs, visiting others’ farms, and attending all kinds of farming and business classes. In spring of 2018, Meghan quit her federal job and joined Erik full time on the farm. We can honestly say that the support of enthusiastic and conscientious home cooks enables us to live out a dream of growing delicious food and being stewards of the land.
Meet the Farm Crew
This is Gabe’s first year farming and she is a member of the 2021 Future Harvest and ECO City Farms Beginning Farmer Training Program. Her favorite veggies are snap peas and carrots and some of her favorite farm tasks are packing up your greens and transplanting the baby plants. You can find Gabe at the Waldorf Farmers Market on Saturdays and every other week at the Bowling Green Farm CSA pick up. When she’s not farming Gabe might be juggling or hula hooping – we have yet to get a video of her juggling veggies but we’ll work on that 🙂
Heather works part time at Dicot as well as at Heronthere Farm in Brandywine, while also working on a degree in acupuncture! Her favorite veggie is Brussels sprouts and she’s a fan of transplanting – a farm task that is full of hope for the future 🙂 In her spare time she loves performing contemporary dance. We’ve requested she choreograph a farm-themed dance for the crew to learn later in the year.
Malcolm just started farming this year and is also a member of the Future Harvest Beginning Farmer Training Program with Gabe. His favorite veggies are okra and spinach, and he’s enjoyed harvesting the lettuce and spinach this spring. Malcolm manages the Bowling Green Farm CSA pick up every other week. Outside of farming, Malcolm is into photography and all things Marvel!
Max is back at Dicot for his second season, although he’s working with us part time so he can focus on growing his own Leafcutter Farm – definitely order some of their amazing microgreens if you are in their delivery area! His favorite veggie is onions, he really likes digging up and rinsing root veggies, and in his non-farming time he likes to play basketball with his son Luke.
What’s a dicot?
Dicot is short for dicotyledon, which is a seed that has two embryonic leaves or cotyledons. Basically, a dicot is the pair of itty bitty baby leaves that first pop out of a seed. We liked the name because there we started with the two of us just like dicots start growing – germinating a tiny seed of a dream and reaching out to absorb knowledge like dicots absorbing sunlight.