Meg hails from the beautiful “Garden State” of New Jersey; home of summer sweet corn and fat juicy tomatoes. She graduated with a BA in Environmental Science from Connecticut College, having completed research internships focusing on wetlands protection and preservation in both Africa and Connecticut. Meg relocated to Charleston 16 years ago and began to search for a career that would focus her passion for our environment, the protection of plant species, digging in the dirt and connecting with community through education and involvement.
The hunt for the perfect job took Meg to many areas of the horticultural field and beyond; ordering plants at Hyams, landscaping and garden design, local wedding flowers, horticultural therapy with Kidgardens, working as an ABA therapist with the SC Early Autism Project, horse therapy at CATR Farms, selling flowers at the Farmer’s Market for Thackeray Farms, and finally, working at Thornhill Farm as a Farm Supervisor and Field worker.
It was the experience of working on a farm and the welcoming atmosphere of the farmer’s market that ultimately resonated with Meg and she was smitten. Love at first sow! In June 2009, she decided to muster all of her energy and courage into starting a farm on James Island from scratch and to record the process to share with others. After 9 months of diligent research and planning, Dirthugger Farm broke ground in March and just completed it’s first season of producing beautiful heirloom vegetables, flowers and herbs.
Since June 2009, Meg has attended the 2010 Organic Growers School, the 2010 CFSA Conference on scholarship, the 2010 Hops Growers Workshop, received a certificate in Food Safety and GAP Certification Training, and this past July, graduated from the SC New and Beginning Farmers Program on scholarship out of Clemson. Recently, Meg and Dirthugger have been chosen as a finalist in the Lowcountry Local First Femivore Competition scheduled for August 23rd.
The produce has been busy too! In it’s first season, Dirthugger produce headlined a Guerilla Cuisine dinner, was featured as the local ingredient for a Food Truck Rodeo and the holy basil was transformed into one of the innovative flavors of Roots Ice Cream. Dirthugger veggies have traveled to the tables of 27 CSA families and have landed in the capable hands of our very talented and dedicated local chefs. Dirthugger Farm is especially proud to be chosen as the location for this year’s Lowcountry Field Feast and is looking forward to this next growing season.