Joseph developed a passion for farming in his teenage years. He went on to study Environmental Microbiology and Geology and soon after graduation began pursuing a career cultivating local produce in the Bay area.
It was persistence through farmings numerous challenges and enthusiasm for working closely with nature that ultimately landed Joseph in a career in farming.
Along with Kristin, Joseph owns and operates a one acre, organic farm in Lutz, Florida, Black Finger Farm. Find them at local markets around the greater Tampa Bay area and go visit them on the farm every Saturday 10 am-2 pm, October-June. Click below to find out more…
Kristin blames her local food obsession on her parents who were both raised near farms in small towns in Indiana.
Dissatisfied with the accessibly to fresh and local produce in the Tampa area, she joined Joseph to create high quality vegetables, grown for herself and the community but sought after by food connoisseurs. Some might call that a local ingredient-snob, but Kristin thinks that everyone should eat delicious things, so it’s really more of an egalitarian snobbery.
A “wearer of many hats” she also studied Painting and Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida and has developed a career using visual arts therapeutically in the clinical setting. Her artwork can be viewed on her website…
Travis has lived in the Tampa area for 20 years. Travis is president of the Temple Terrace Community Gardens, and member of the Temple Terrace Garden Club. His wife Jamie is president of Riverhills Elementary PTA and Hank, his son, is a good boy.
The Malloys bought eight acres of unique land near Hwy 301 and in the past two years, they’ve turned half-jungle, half-parking lot into a food-producing environment! Trail Bale Farm raises animals in the most natural, humane, environmentally beneficial manner. The herds and flocks are frequently moved and all animals receive organic feed, and are not medicated.
You can find him at markets all around Tampa Bay selling local, organic, sustainable raised meats and eggs. To find out more head to his website…