Our primary mission: support local agriculture through events that cultivate and celebrate local community. Local Farms, Local Food, Local Fun!
Community events encouraging neighbors to grow together including:
Falling Leaf Fest
Christmas on King
Both large and small scale entertainment events
Our mission is to celebrate, educate, and promote regional agriculture and our vibrant community of growers, producers, and makers.
Lisa O'Neill is the energy behind Growing Roots. After a 20 year history in clinical nutrition, and an extensive background in volunteer event planning, Growing Roots was born. Juliana Pash joined the team in 2016, complimenting the GR mission with her wealth of experience in farmers market management. In 2018 we added Kelly Schmitt (administration) and Kendra Gianguilio (West Reading Farmers Market Manager). And, new for 2019, we’re welcoming Alyssa Thayer on social media.
Of course none of what Growing Roots does would be possible without a dedicated group of farmers, food producers, artisans & crafters and more. To all of our supporting staff, we owe a great deal of gratitude.
Growing Roots has received a multitude of accolades including:
Farmers markets were just the start, the seed that was the beginning of Growing Roots. A weekly community event bringing together shoppers in search of quality local food with amazing local farmers and food producers. The markets allowed me to connect my love of nutrition with my family’s farming roots. I quickly realized just how important these weekly farmers markets are to the livelihood of every farmer and food producer that trusts Growing Roots to help them succeed.
And so we grew. First Malvern Farmers Market, then Downingtown and Eagleview. With this came opportunities for further growth into the communities that hosted the markets. Invitations to coordinate events in Malvern and Eagleview, bringing the community together for a day of fun and entertainment. In 2018 we added West Reading Farmers Market, returning to my Berks County roots where I was raised. What a pleasure to be working with all of the great farmers and producers at a new market!
Local farms, local food, local fun.
And 2019 promises to be a year of continued growth, digging our roots deeper into our commitment to local agriculture. We were honored to be asked to coordinate the 2019 Philadelphia Grain & Malt Symposium at USciences, March 1st and 2nd, and to help out a good friend, Mark Brault, from Deer Creek Malthouse.
Admittedly, we were disappointed last year when Philly Farm & Food Fest was cancelled due to insufficient sponsorship. We had been planning that event for an entire year. But all was not lost. Our good friend Terry Brett of Kimberton Whole Foods contacted me, suggesting we bring the same event to Chester County for 2019! Done - more local farms, food and fun coming to Chester County November 3rd at the Kimberton Fair Grounds - a day long celebration of our regional agricultural system, spotlighting local farmers and food producers.
Grow with us. Support our farmers markets, attend our events, join in the fun!