About Jay


Jay Leshinsky

Jay's interest in gardening began during his childhood days while eating his way through the family berry patch and vegetable garden. While completing a master's degree in education and human development at the University of Maryland he began an organic market garden influenced by visits to the Rodale Organic Research Center and Walnut Acres organic farms in nearby Pennsylvania.

After moving to Vermont in 1975 Jay continued to expand the market garden business and combine it with his work for private and public educational programs in Vermont. He collaborated with foundations and schools to develop programs for school gardens, agriculture centered curriculum, and staff training to more effectively use local food products in Head Start nutrition programs. He is currently coordinates Renee's Garden seed trials at the Middlebury College, VT college organic garden that offers hands on training for interns and volunteers and provides food for the campus dinning service and local restaurants. He has run seed trials in Vermont for Renee since 1989.