Monday, April 14, 2014

Journeyperson Spotlight: Josiah Venter of Ro-Jo Farms

Josiah Venter (right) with friend and business partner Toby Fischer
Last week we announced the 3 newly accepted farmers of the 2 year Journeyperson program with CT NOFA which helps beginning farmers in their most formative years. Today we shine the spotlight on Josiah Venter of Ro-Jo Farms in Bethany, CT! 

Josiah Venter graduated from Kenyon College in 2005 with a BA in cultural anthropology. Since then he has lived in Argentina, Idaho, and Brooklyn, while working as a teacher, coach, cook and musician. Josiah’s farming experience began at The Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, where he completed a six-month field apprenticeship cultivating four acres of vegetables. In the fall of 2013, Josiah joined longtime friend Toby Fischer to form Ro-Jo Farms, LLC.  Located in Bethany, CT, Ro-Jo Farms grows for 40 CSA shares and several restaurants in New Haven including Oak Haven and Meat&Co. Ro-Jo Farms is also looking to reach out to local schools in New Haven County to provide educational programming to students on the subject of not only sustainable farming, but also the business side of running a CSA:

"There is nothing that brings me as much joy as working outside and growing the food I love to eat, all while taking care of the land. I love this even more when the experience intertwines with schools and communities to help enrich the experience and create a deeper connection with the land and with humanity."

Ro-Jo Farms is located at 327 Litchfield Turnpike,Bethany, CT 06524. CSA shares are still available for delivery, so if you are in New Haven, Hamden, Bethany or Woodbridge, give them a call! 

For more information on Josiah and Ro-Jo Farms visit there site at 

Check back later this week for our spotlight on Roger and Isabelle Phillips of Sub Edge Farm!

The Journeyperson program is funded by a grant from the National Institute for Food and Agriculture through the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.


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