What is your name: Jack Bickerest
Where are you from: Born and raised in Louisville KY
How did you get into farming: In 2008, the housing market crashed and as a general contractor it hurt my business. I decided I would at least eat and started growing my food in raised beds and it just grew from there. I went from raised beds to raised rows. I love it, even the insect infested failures had a lesson.
How did you get into gourd critters: There are a couple of gourd artists that inspired me. You should check them out. Robert Rivera and Patricia Boyd. The critters came from running the wolf river trails and all that I would see. Those images rattle around in my head from time to time.
What is your favorite thing to cook: My favorite dish is a pan fried tilapia garnished wiht a grapefruit, fennel, and black olive salad...makes my mouth water just thinking about it.
What do you do to relax: I like watching documentaries.
What is your favorite things about the CYCFM: The best things about CYCFM are the regulars that become friends and the vendors. It’s a party! The first time I participated at CYCFM I was really impressed with the welcome from Delta Sol and Tubby Creek Farms.
What is your favorite book: One of my favorite books is ‘Maiden Voyage’ by Tanyia Abei. An 18 year old dropout who sails around the world.
What band/artist /person most inspired you growing up: From the age of 13 to 20 I used to spend 3 weeks each summer in NYC visiting my Uncle. He was my cultural guide and we toured every museum and art gallery in the city. Henry Moore and Alexander Calder are my favorites.
If you could have any superpower what would it be: I would like to be able to clone myself. There are so many things to do or try and it would be wonderful to head off in different directions.
What goals do you have for your farm in the next year: After meeting and reading Jean-Martin Fortier I am converting my layout to JM’s methodology. New equipment, new greenhouse expansion. Super excited and come on ground- Dry out!