wHO WE ARE
Little Wild Things City Farm produces soil-grown microgreens, shoots, and edible flowers on less than one-quarter acre in the heart of Washington, D.C.
We believe that environmentally sustainable, commercially viable farming is possible in urban landscapes—and we're proving it.
As a first generation farm, we combine the best of time-honored sustainable growing techniques with new innovations and a disciplined business focus to achieve high yields from our very small growing spaces.
We seek to develop relationships with customers who share our values to create a transformative impact on our local food system.
Meet the Farmers
Mary Ackley, Founder & Chief Veggie Officer
Little Wild Things City Farm is the dream of founder Mary Ackley. Mary discovered her love of plants in a graduate school botany course at the University of Vermont. Later, she began experimenting with urban gardening while living overseas in Sri Lanka for her job with the U.S. Foreign Service. She continued to garden when she returned to Washington, D.C. in 2013 where she was a founding member of the Harry Thomas Community Garden in Eckington. She decided to turn her gardening habit into something more in 2014 and is enjoying her fourth season on the farm. Mary was a Peace Corps volunteer in Fiji from 2003-05, holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.S. in Natural Resources Management, and previously worked in international development.
Nicole Schwartz, Director of Operations
Prior to joining the team at Little Wild Things, Nicole taught Spanish and Social Studies in Milwaukee Public Schools and most recently was the Commissary Manager at Momofuku Milk Bar in DC. Her love for food and the people who grow and eat it comes from her Wisconsin farm roots. Through urban farming she hopes to carry on what farmers have always done, cared for their community and the earth! In her free time Nicole volunteers at the Humane Rescue Alliance, dotes on two pug mixes, does her best to travel as far and wide as she can, bakes, and practices yoga.
Darryl Glotfelty, Production Manager
Coming from small town roots in Western Maryland, Darryl is excited to be living the farm life in the Nation’s Capital as the Production Manager for Little Wild Things City Farm. After serving 40 months in Tanzania with the U.S. Peace Corps (2013-2016), teaching chemistry and working with local partners to develop a sustainable farming and fruit production environment for the school, Darryl relit his passion for farming and innovative techniques. Upon returning to U.S., he knew farming was the career for him. From fields to indoor farms, Darryl believes high quality food and farming is the best recipe to bring people together.
Candice Gasper, Market Manager
Candice grew up gardening and camping in Maryland and has always been curious about nature. She studied environmental science in Southern California and went on to pursue a career in environmental consulting and green construction. Ever so eager to get out of the office, she started volunteering on urban farms in 2017. After WWOOFing in France one summer, she decided that farm life is the only life for her and joined the LWT Team. She finds an absurd amount of joy in discovering new fruits and vegetables and is passionate about reducing food waste and promoting healthy, fresh and local food access for all socioeconomic classes. She has her permaculture design certification and is the proud mama of a corgi named Kevin.
Roman Warlick, Flower Production Manager
Roman is a wandering farmer currently focused on learning all the different skills and acquiring all the tools needed to be a successful steward of the earth. He grew up farming and then attended LSU where his sociology studies brought further to his attention the food systems failings among different communities. This lit his passion to work towards a better, healthier food system. This summer he did a farm apprenticeship in Syracuse, NY and now is back in DC continuing his journey on the path of feeding people in a sustainable manner.
WHAT OUR PARTNERS SAY:
"Working with Mary and Chelsea over the past several months has been incredible. I was lucky to find a team of urban farmers who really care about what they are growing and really want to have a relationship with the chefs and restaurants they provide for. Communication is key in any relationship and we constantly talk about what works, what doesn't, and whats next so its ever-changing and evolving." -Johnny Spero, Head Chef, Columbia Room, 2016
"Each Peach loves working with Little Wild Things - we're proud to champion a product that is grown with care within DC! The new online portal is simple to use and makes keeping a weekly subscription order a breeze. Mary and Chelsea are always prompt in answering any questions I have and the microgreens looks spectacular every time! They're incredible to work with and I would definitely recommend them!" - Each Peach Market, 2016
"Little Wild Things literally “completes us”: their micro greens are the finishing touch on every one of our tacos. Grown right here on home soil, thank you for being such an AMAZING partner. "
-Bettina Stern, Co-Founder, Chaia, 2016
"Little Wild Things is incredibly easy to work with and order from. On top of that they have the most beautiful, delicious produce grown in the DC area. It truly makes a huge difference in our end product. "
-Timber Pizza Company, 2016
"As a DC-based catering company focusing on local ingredient sourcing, we were delighted to begin partnering with Little Wild Things last year, not only because it's a farm in the same DC quadrant as us (can't get more local than that!!), but also because their microgreens truly are the best! Always fresh, beautiful, and even grown to order, Little Wild Things has been a dream to work with in providing us high quality products that take our food to "extraordinary" in design and taste." -Eat & Smile Catering, 2016