Alive & Unedited: Wayward Seed Farm's Jaime Moore

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Community-supported agriculture is on the rise, with Central Ohio shoppers buying into local farms and getting a share of the harvest. Headquartered in Marysville and London, Wayward Seed Farm has become one of the region's most popular CSAs. Co-owner Jaime Moore shared more about getting her hands dirty.


Growing up, I wanted to be a teacher. When you come from a small town and don't have a lot of life experiences, there's not a lot you know. I can be a nurse, a teacher, a secretary. The idea of going out and being a business owner or a lawyer - those kinds of things just don't come to mind.

When I realized education was not for me, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I left school. My partner Adam and I started traveling around to all these fantastic food places. We became really interested specifically in these vegetables we never had. We said, "Let's bring that here."

Eventually, Adam's boss had this little plot of land that hadn't been used in years. It just sat there. He knew we had the interest. He said, "When you're not working, why don't you try it out and see how it goes?"

Wayward Seed's first year was 2006. We were in Sandusky County for two years. In 2008, we purchased the five acres and the home we have now in Marysville. Now, 90 percent of our operation is in Marysville and London.

The best advice I've ever received came from a very good customer of ours at the North Market right before I was ready to quit my job in 2008. We were going to quit having any guaranteed source of income. He said, "If you fail, you're not even 30. If you're gonna fail, fail now."

Owning a farm's a lot different than I thought it would be. My old friends have no idea. They kind of go, "Oh, that's so cool." They really don't understand it. It takes a certain kind of business to give it all up.

With a CSA, we can really get people into the kitchen. There's something about food - something very special, something very nostalgic. We think of some of our best memories, and they're associated with food. You remember what something tasted like.

Now we're looking at the true food culture of Ohio. We're trying to get back to what we used to do, with products like Thelma Sanders sweet potato winter squash, sheepnose pimento pepper, Nelson's golden giant tomato. It's something special that we should try to establish.

In my spare time, I love the arts. I love ballet. I love opera. I love really any live musical performances. It's a good way to kind of forget about it all. I have a little Vizsla dog, and I love her. We go for nice long walks and go hiking with her.

Three things I can't live without are pasta, ice cream and a good pair of Puma tennis shoes.

Know someone doing cool things in Columbus? E-mail

Age: 29

Day job: Co-owner, Wayward Seed Farm

Neighborhood: Marysville

Alma mater: Ohio State

Hometown: Fremont


Playing Favorites

Favorite TV show: "Damages"

Favorite movie: "Sliding Doors"

Favorite book: "Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson

Favorite band: Beck

Favorite song: "Criminal" by Fiona Apple

Favorite food: Italian

Favorite drink: Dirty martini, up with plain olives

Favorite color: Green

Favorite place to travel: Chicago