Jonas + Rachel
Jonas is an Indiana native, born and raised in the beautiful Hoosier forests. Growing up digging in his grandparents’ gardens, he has always had a passion for soil, plants, and food. After taking a permaculture design course in 2010, Jonas apprenticed with Peter Bane and Keith Johnson of Renaissance Farm, diving deep into the world of perennial, useful plants. Soon after, he started an edible landscaping and nursery business, Bread + Roses, with his dear friend, Salem Willard. This work has led Jonas to design systems ranging from small urban lots to broad-scale farms. Through working with nature he wants to help communities discover the abundance and happiness that comes from living in harmony with the ecosystems around us.
Rachel got her start as a vegetable grower at the Michigan State University Student Farm in 2009. She has since managed a variety of educational, organic farms around the mid-west and spent several years working for the Purdue Extension Nutrition Program. In spring 2019, she started a new position as the Local Food Coordinator for the City of Bloomington, leading a project to better connect Indiana farmers with institutional buyers. On the weekends, she and Jonas hustle to build up their own farm, with the dream that it may someday be able to support their family.