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 creates customized floral bouquets for baby showers and rehearsal dinners. And she’s working on ways to expand her business even more.
Krystle is a June 2021 graduate of the action-oriented, goal-setting REACH Project, which provides participants with individualized coaching and mindfulness education. While still in the program, Krystle was given the opportunity to plant a 3,500-square-foot plot of land in Orleans through the Nauset Conservation Putnam Farms lottery. She invested her REACH stipend into her dream of an organic farm, and now her produce and flowers are available at the Orleans Farmers’ Market.
“It’s something I've wanted to do for over 10 years now. It’s pretty crazy how it manifested itself, the REACH Project 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 goal? 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.”