Meghan Powers and Elliot Rossow have always had a passion for plants. Growing up Meghan was surrounded by greenery, spending much of her time in her family’s vegetable garden— a project to which her family was quite dedicated. In college, unsure of what to do, Meghan began a student job in a horticultural greenhouse and discovered an interest in market farming. Elliot always loved observing the interactions of bacteria in rivers, soils, and cropping systems. While interested in growing food, Elliot found himself even more intrigued by the idea of farming carbon and he hoped to use carbon-loaded soil to produce high-quality food and fiber.
Through their employer, Kula Bio, Meghan and Elliot were introduced to the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and decided to take one of New Entry’s winter programs. As they took this class, they became more and more excited about New Entry’s incubator program and applied for a plot of land that would function as a sustainable research farm. With this project, Elliot and Meghan would be able to work with soil and to look for ways to sequester organic carbon while still growing organic produce. Meghan and Elliot hope that this plot of land, now known as Kona Farms, will one day be a closed-loop ecosystem allowing for cultivation without depletion. Through this farm, they hope to explore their passion for environmental stewardship while simultaneously giving fresh produce to their community and improving the quality of the land upon which they are farming.