Garden Manager


Michael Washburn

Always a student of the earth, Michael Washburn found his way to the garden in 2005 while studying environmental anthropology at Northern Kentucky University. It was during this time that his passion for farming intensified. He put himself through school by working in a local French restaurant and from there he began working for one of the farmers that provided them with organic produce. Michael directed his studies toward traditional farming methods and then followed his undergraduate work with a graduate degree in agronomy that focused on sustainable soil science.

With more than 15 years of experience in restaurants and gardening, Michael has honed in on his relationships with chefs and farmers. He enjoys providing quality organic produce that is unavailable elsewhere. His real passion in the garden comes from the challenge of farming with nature, not against it, and relying on the “old ways” of farming. In Blackberry’s gardens, Michael is responsible for coordinating planting schemes that provide produce for our chefs and artisans as well as managing the day-to-day operations. Michael enjoys working closely with chefs and artisans to provide produce that fits their needs and imaginations. He also enjoys his time with guests discussing the use of sustainable farming practices used here on the farm.

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