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Farmers Market: Wild Hearts Farm works the land in the Animas Valley

Jennifer Rast, left, and Tessa Creatini sell vegetables and flowers at the Wild Hearts Farm booth at the Durango Farmers Market. (Nick Gonzales/Durango Herald)
Farm grows vegetables and flowers south of Durango

Wild Hearts Farm, located about 10 miles south of Durango in the Animas Valley, is all about providing sustainable food.

“We love to work the land and harvest tasty vegetables for the community,” said farmer Jennifer Rast.

The small-scale vegetable farm sprang to life in 2020 and is currently bringing “the regular market vegetables” to the Durango Farmers Market, she said. These include: kale, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, chard, bok choy, radishes, artichokes, rhubarb, herbs and a variety of flowers.

Rast hopes to add potatoes to that list, she said.

The farm, which does not use synthetic fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides, is a group project conceived by Rast and fellow farmers Tessa and Stefano Creatini.

“The interesting thing about our farm is that we are three different entities that are working on the same farm, creating a farm community with all different aspects,” Rast said. “I do the vegetables and everything, then Tessa and I do a flower side together – and then we have Stefano, who grows hemp for CBD and apple trees. So we’re like this little community where first generation farmers try to come together and create a whole.”

ngonzales@durangoherald.com