In 2015 Richard and Janet had the idea to start a small scale market-garden in their backyard. This inspiration came after their local produce farm had closed down. This was no small endeavor for two retirees in their seventies! Still, they set to work fencing off their growing location, working the soil; testing, tilling and amending it. They realized quickly that the plot of land they wished to cultivate was a blessing from the Lord. Knowing they did not want want to spend their entire retirement in the business of gardening, they thought they might someday find a young family to work with, and eventually hand the farm over to. This collaboration happened sooner than they realized it might
Matt and Deidre came to the garden in November of 2016. They had spent the past two years working on a small farm in Southeast Utah near Moab and were now looking about the countryside for a farm that they could call their own. The Nelsons and the Dealys soon decided that a partnership between them would work great, so the Dealys joined the Tobias Garden family, forming Tobias Garden, LLC.
Our Growing Practices
We take great pride in producing the highest quality of produce available to our customers! The harvest to delivery window is very small, often times the same day. This ensures optimal flavor, nutrition and shelf life in our final product.
Our gardening methods are similar to those that you would find in any home garden. We use small hand tools to do our planting, cultivating and harvesting. Once our food is in the ground we do not use any chemical fertilizers, but instead focus on the health and fertility of our soil overall. Additionally, we do not use chemical pesticides to control insect damage on our crops. Instead, we use physical barriers, such as floating row covers to minimize damage. Our weed management plans include manual removal, weed burning and ground cover rather that using herbicides.
The bottom line is that our produce is clean and chemical-free, just the way it should be!!
Richard and Janet Nelson
Matt and Deidre Dealy
Josiah, Hadassah, Hannah & Hosannah
Matt and Deidre have been working in small-scale agriculture since 2010 when they interned on their first farm. Prior to this, Matt was working in the construction industry, building private homes as well as constructing commercial, metal buildings. This background in construction has lent itself well to the profession of Market Gardening. Deidre comes from a background in the service industry and as a Registered Nurse.
The Dealys have had the opportunity to work on gardens in several states including Washington, Utah, Kentucky and South Dakota. They love the Black Hills and are happy to call them home.
You will never find this family idle! As if raising a family of four children in the garden was not enough, they always have some other kind of project going on. Their creative energies find outlet in their building projects, crafts and ministry to their community.