What is your name: Christopher Peterson
Where are you from: Saulsbury, TN (grew up in Memphis)
How did you get into farming: Getting into farming was a gradual (though seemingly inevitable) process for me. I've always loved gardening and working with animals, but I didn't start to consider farming until college when two of my friends tricked me into running a community garden that we had started on campus. After grad school, I worked for GrowMemphis for 2.5 years helping to start community gardens around the city. I loved the work, but I really wanted to spend less time in an office and more time working with my hands. When I had the opportunity to lease my grandparents' farm property, my wife and I made the leap.
What is your favorite thing to cook: I really love to grill and/or smoke meat (generally pork and venison these days) with and for friends.
What do you do to relax: I spend any free time I have outside: hiking, hunting, fishing, and spending time with my dogs.
What is your favorite things about the CYCFM: I'm excited to be a vendor in my old neighborhood. It's wonderful to be able to maintain that connection after moving away.
What is your favorite movie or book: The Hobbit (book, not movie. The movie was terrible).
What band/artist /person most inspired you growing up: My mom. She introduced me to gardening, taught me how to write, and started me on hiking around the age of 5.
If you could have any superpower what would it be: The ability to function without sleep. Or to be able to fly.
What goals do you have for your farm in the next year: We're really focusing on the quality of our soil and pasture in the next year. In addition to improving our rotational grazing, we hope to be able to reduce the amount of outside feed we have to buy, especially in the winter, and to knock back the invasive overgrowth like privet and kudzu on the farm.