About Aaron von Frank

Cofounder of GrowJourney.com. Aaron is an organic gardening teacher, heritage breed duck evangelist, writer, health nut, and entrepreneur. He's the former farm manager at Oak Hill Cafe & Farm, a no-till, permaculture, farm-to-table restaurant in Greenville, SC. Aaron is a Furman University) graduate. In addition to their collaboration on GrowJourney, Aaron and his wife, Susan, are cofounders of TyrantFarms.com, a popular blog dedicated to garden-to-table cooking, foraging, wild mushrooms, heritage breed ducks, and parenting. Aaron also writes for Edible Upcountry Magazine, WordPress (.com), Daily Harvest Express, Healthy Minds and other food, health, and tech-related organizations. He serves on the board of the Diversified Agriculture Committee for the South Carolina Farm Bureau.

What tools and infrastructure does your small farm need to succeed?

Trying to figure out what tools and infrastructure your small farm needs to succeed? In this article, we'll help you find the answers — and more importantly, help you develop a lean-farming philosophy to become

How to make a mixed green salad, from garden to table (with video)

Find out how to make the perfect seasonal, mixed green salad, from garden to table. What are the best greens for a mixed green salad? What seasons or months can you grow salad greens in?

Small farmer choice: CSA vs farmers market vs wholesale

Small farms have to figure out how to maximize profit on the produce they grow, which isn't as easy or straightforward as it sounds. In this article, we'll detail the pros and cons of selling produce via

By | January 25th, 2021|Tags: , , |

11 worst gardening mistakes beginners make

Learn from other people's mishaps to avoid this list of worst gardening mistakes beginners often make.  By necessity, being new to something means you're going to make mistakes. That's how you improve! The same is

By | October 21st, 2020|Tags: , , , |

15 tips to start a small farm using regenerative practices

This article is the second installation in our Small Farm series. Here, we begin covering the basics of starting a small, regenerative farm. To assist, we ask for help from small farming expert Chris Miller of Horseshoe

Small farm series intro: what is a small regenerative farm?

Have you ever wondered what it takes to start or run a successful small farm? Wondered what exactly a "small" farm is or what it means to be a "regenerative" farm? This is the first article

By | August 5th, 2020|Tags: , , |

18 simple recipes to use up lots of tomatoes

If you're trying to find simple, easy recipes to use up lots of tomatoes, you're in the right place! This list of tomato recipes will have you feeling less overwhelmed when your garden or CSA box

How long do seeds last? Seed longevity and storage guide…

Trying to figure out how long a certain seed will last? Want your seeds to last for as many years as possible? Find all the answers to your questions in this article!  Seeds are the closest thing to magic we know of… It’s hard to believe those tiny little specks you’re holding in the palm of your hand are not only alive and metabolizing (albeit very slowly), but they also contain all the genetic and epigenetic information needed to grow an entire plant. These tiny specks are alive and have all the genetic information they need to grow into kale plants. Then at a certain point in their life cycle, they’ll produce countless new seeds containing small bits of new information that will help them grow better in the particular environment the parent seed experienced. And the process starts anew.    Watching a seed sprout to life and grow into a mature plant is a wonder-filled experience for both kids and adults. If you’re a gardener, you have the opportunity to be an integral part of this magical process many times throughout the year.     

By | May 7th, 2020|Tags: , , |

Top 18 garden herbs to attract pollinators

In the kitchen, herbs add flavor and depth to nearly any dish. But aside from adding unique flavors to your food and beauty in your garden, herbs can also serve other essential roles in your garden such as: attracting pollinators who will also pollinate your other food plants (flower pollen provides fat and protein and nectar provides a sugar-rich carbohydrate), serving as host plants for pollinators’ offspring, and attracting predatory insects to help control pest insect populations.  Most herbs are also fairly easy to grow, especially long-lived perennial herbs that get larger and stronger from year to year. (If you’ve ever seen a giant 10+ year old rosemary plant, you get the idea.) The same intense flavors and smells that make herbs useful as a spice for humans are also good olfactory defenses against insects that might otherwise eat them. Just like you, an insect might enjoy a taste of rosemary, but not a meal full.   You just need to make sure you know basic care instructions for the particular herb you want to grow AND are certain that it can grow in your climate zone.  The other important thing to know is that there are various stages of an herb’s life cycle. During the period in which it’s putting on vegetative growth, pollinators will have no reason to forage the plant (although they may be a host plant for pollinator caterpillars at that stage). However, once your herbs start flowering, expect to see a diversity of pollinators foraging from dawn to dusk.   Now, are you ready to grow herbs for both your kitchen and your pollinators? 

By | April 20th, 2020|Tags: , , |

Ceramic pots vs plastic pots vs fabric pots: which is best?

Which option is best: ceramic pots, plastic pots, or fabric pots? In this article, you'll learn how to pick the perfect indoor or outdoor garden pots/containers to match your budget and needs.  Not everyone has

By | April 12th, 2020|Tags: , , |