Getting to the root of self care, we sat down with Nicole Harris, founder of Tiny Greens Farm®, master grower, healer, nutritionist, mother, and warrior. Discovering the smallest details can often lead to a much larger picture. We're talking micro self care, with big time health benefits. Tiny Greens Farm® is a micro-farm producing sustainable and soil-grown microgreens in the Hudson Valley, New York. They are on a mission to grow functional food with gratitude and joy.
"We provide a high-quality, hyper-local product to our neighborhood and the surrounding community we call home." - Nicole
KRISTIN: How did you first get involved in your craft?
NICOLE: I grew up with a misdiagnosis at a young age that left me bedridden. My skin, joints, and immune system were all tremendously compromised. I also experienced debilitating fatigue, muscle weakness, and several other ailments. Although I suffered from Chronic Lyme Disease for 20+ years, I continued to pursue my passions of playing NCAA Division One soccer as well as working in the fashion and entertainment industry in New York City. It was when the relapses and the stress seemed never-ending that I decided to do something about it from a more alternative view. In letting go and making a huge shift, my world opened up to a new career in holistic health and experience into the healing power of whole foods. During my healing journey and career in holistic health, my husband and I started growing our own food. Over the years and two children later, I decided to shift from nutritional services of guiding people on what to eat, to actually growing nourishing food for our community. It is very gratifying to be able to nourish more people than I ever thought possible (compared to a one-on-one session) and grow for very talented chefs and business owners right here in the Hudson Valley.
KRISTIN: What is one of the biggest challenges you have encountered?
NICOLE: Balancing the farm and home life. Learning to give myself grace that having a clean home, raising a family, and running a business can all be done, but not at the same time. You definitely need a good support system.
KRISTIN: What do you do when you are not working on your craft?
NICOLE: Enjoying family time with my husband, our two boys, and rescue dog Toby (who is 11 years old now) and visiting other farms in the Hudson Valley. I love enjoying locally sourced cuisine and cooking our own.
KRISTIN: How do you treat yourself, or give self care?
NICOLE: Every morning I make a homemade organic oat milk latte, light a Hudson Candle, and turn on an easy guided meditation (if even for 10 minutes). I make sure to take my whole food supplements (sourced from a US organic, regenerative farm) and consume microgreens daily for their health benefits. I've learned self-care can be simple and minimal.
KRISTIN: Thank you Nicole.
On a personal note, I am thrilled to have signed up for one of Nicole's CSA microgreens share, where I will be benefitting from the fruits of her labor. The Tiny Greens Farm® micro share consists of a seasonal eight-week CSA subscription program. When you sign up for a micro share, you are purchasing a part of our harvest that will be guaranteed fresh every week. To learn more and connect with Tiny Greens Farm® be sure to visit the website and follow on Instagram @Tinygreensfarm
HV Local? Tiny Greens Farm® can also be found in area retailers, making it super easy to pick up and try for yourself. Your gut will thank you.
- Adams Fairacre Farms (Wappingers)
- Obercreek Farmstand
- Fishkill Farms Farm Store