June 2013
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A Happy Heart at the Pond

 


Kim Prince, right, and Chelsea Woodruff. Above, Happy Heart Market.

Kim Prince is an entrepreneur as well as a farmer. She and her sister Konnie Miller own a small organic transition farm "At the Pond Farm LLC" where she grows shitake mushrooms, okra and sunflower seeds. She has also recently opened her own local market "Happy Heart Market" in Hartselle.

Under the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program, she and her sister have done an Organic Transition Conservation Activity Plan and put in a high tunnel house. She is currently installing a micro-irrigation system in her tunnel house and heavy-use areas outside her tunnel house.

The Happy Heart Market was inspired about 15 years ago when Kim visited Gatlinburg, Tenn., and saw a "Fresh and Local" market. She decided then she would like to offer "Fresh and Local" produce in Morgan County. Her market currently sells locally grown produce from other producers in Morgan County who have also participated in the EQIP program.





Above clockwise, Happy Heart Market. The high tunnel house was planned and built under EQIP, which is managed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. NRCS Soil Conservationist John Lyle enjoys shopping in the Happy Heart Market.

 

Some of the merchandise in her store includes fresh strawberries from Reeves Peach Farm, milk from the only organic dairy farm in Alabama – Working Cow Dairy, Lindsay Farms jams and jellies, and Golden Eagle syrup. She also has art available from local artists.

Check out her website (http://happyheartmarket.com/) for more information or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HappyHeartMarket.