Every Saturday at the Orleans Farmers’ Market, Krystle can be found selling the organic vegetables and flowers she grows at The Dog Patch Farm. She also sells customized floral bouquets for baby showers and rehearsal dinners. And she’s working on ways to grow her business even more!
Krystle is a June 2021 graduate of this year’s REACH Project, our action-oriented, goal-setting program that provides participants with individualized coaching and mindfulness education. While still participating in the program, Krystle was selected in the Nauset Conservation Putnam Farms lottery and given the opportunity to plant a 3,500-square-foot plot of land in Orleans to begin her farm. She invested her REACH stipend in that dream.
“It’s something I've wanted to do for over 10 years now. It’s pretty crazy how it manifested itself, [the REACH Projec]t happening at the same time as the farm,” said Krystle. Her long-term goal is to build her business into a full-time job. For now, she’s advancing step by step. The next step? An irrigation system for the plants.
“REACH gave me the time to center and connect myself to the present. It’s an everyday battle, but the mindfulness has been huge and I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity,” Krystle said. “It’s been a year of wonderful things.”