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 working with a group of Middlebury College students to develop an organic garden that will provide food for the campus dinning service, be available for organic crop research and serve as a site for community functions.
In the mid 80's Jay ran trial gardens and managed sales to commercial growers for a mail order vegetable and flower seed company. He has run seed trials in Vermont for Renee Shepherd since 1989 and currently manages East Coast sales and customer service for Renee's Garden.