Dave and D.J. Roeser
Garden Fresh Farms of Maplewood has proven that urban agriculture is sustainable in a warehouse environment. Garden Fresh Farms wants to help others reach for their dream and replicate this operation in rural and urban areas. They continue to expand the variety of plants that can be effectively grown using their indoor methods and continue to improve technology. Gas prices are rising and consumer purchases of locally produced products are increasing, so Garden Fresh Farms focuses sales through CSA’s and local restaurants. The business is focused on the three areas, family urban farm growing and selling produce to the community, research lab to further advance the science, and manufacturer of agriculture equipment for growing produce in warehouses. Garden Fresh Farms goal is to help produce healthy food year round while creating non-seasonal employment in rural and urban areas throughout the world.
Garden Fresh Farms is a member of the MNGrown, Land Stewardship, and Local Harvest. They also contribute fresh produce to the local food shelf weekly. In the community, Dave is a city councilman for Lino Lakes, an advisor to a non-profit organization at the University of Minnesota, and is an advisor to a mission group working to set up an Aquaponic operation in an impoverished country. D.J. is the facilitator for a local group called Hope for Tomorrow, which mentors girls of junior high school age. Son Bryan is a key player in starting the business, putting to work his knowledge in biology as a U of M graduate. Youngest son Sean also works the “farm” during summer breaks from college, and oldest son Kevin offers advice as practicing Veterinarian. Kevin also graduated from the U of M.