It is with many heavy hearts that we inform you of the passing of Bruce Frederick Bacon. He died 2 weeks ago on September 30th, 2017. For those of you who did not know him, he was the energetic activist farmer and philosopher who owned Garden Farme in the City of Ramsey. He strongly encouraged all farmers to focus on soil-building biodynamic and organic farming long before it was popular. For the past 30+ years, he has been growing the soil as well as organic produce, teaching and sharing his knowledge through farm internships, soil convergence workshops, farm dinners, small-scale no-till farm rental and so much more.
As a supportive farm-to-restaurant establishment, we have been renting a rural plot of land from Bruce at Garden Farme since 2014. We have rented various gardens at the Farme, employed a farm manager, and call our rented plot, “Tiny Diner @ Garden Farme.” Our Rural Farm Manager, Tony Root, has grown produce for the Tiny Diner as well our other restaurants (The Bird, Barbette, Red Stag, Pat’s Tap, etc.) all season long. He has worked with Bruce on establishing new fall planting garlic beds, efficiently utilizing the Upper Garden wonder soil space, and greeted Bruce weekly throughout the season.
We hope to continue our relationship to Bruce and his legacy to keep his farm building soil, biodiversity and habitat for years to come by continuing our TD@GF farm-to-restaurant plot. As the season ends and family and friends have time to process this huge loss of our friend and leader in holistic food and farm production, we will keep our community updated on the next steps in Garden Farme’s future.
His funeral was held on Sunday October 15th. To find out more about Bruce, his farm and agricultural legacy, come to his Memorial (TBD – we will post on our Tiny Diner Calendar) and check out these articles written about him and Garden Farme.
Garden Farme: A Cool Garden on a Really Hot Day. Photo Journal by Stephen L. Garrett and Matt Frank