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. In 2018, we were at 3 farmers markets in and around DC, plus a few small wholesale outlets. 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
We’re super excited to have Olivia on the Dicot Farm team in 2019! While new to farming, she puts her soul into everything she does here on the farm and we so appreciate her positive outlook, which helps keep us all motivated! Olivia is a huge fan of green beans and not so much of mushrooms, and in the photo to the right is demonstrating the simplest way to eat our radishes.
When not farming, Olivia is an amazing pastry chef (as demonstrated by a scrumptious vegan desserts she’s made our farm team) and, among many other talents, likes to knit and sing (including great spontaneous songs about vegetables while we’re harvesting).
We’re thrilled to have Grace on the Dicot Farm team in 2019! While new to farming, she is passionate about learning and doing as much as she can on the farm. We are inspired by Grace’s drive to have a career in the food justice movement, and working at Dicot Farm is a critical step in that journey to understanding more about how our very complex food system operates. While Grace generally likes most of the work we do here, her least favorite thing about farming is the early mornings 🙂
At the moment her favorite veggie is peas, but noted we shouldn’t hold her to that because it could change depending on the day and mood. Her least favorite veggie is chard, although she has been trying it more often (possibly because we grow a LOT of it here!). In her non-farming time Grace enjoys photography – check out her photos on Instagram @gap.photo!
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.