Featured Artist and Farmer, June 16, 2012

Watercolorist rekindles childhood passion

Kathy Miller (www.kmillerwatercolors.com) considers herself a young artist as she only began painting in 2006. Her path to becoming a painter began in her childhood home of Falcon Heights, Minnesota, where she had vivid memories of drawing in her own studio — a backyard tent made from blankets draped over the clothesline, with a DO NOT DISTURB sign pinned to the opening.

Years passed in which she married, raised two children and taught elementary school. Since her retirement, she’s rekindled her love of art and finds herself back in her very own art studio, this time in her Northfield home.

Kathy has displayed her sumptuous watercolors at Riverwalk Market Fair since it opened and has been thrilled with the response, sales of her work andcustom commissions for her art. Her passion for painting nowincludes teaching watercolor classes, as well.


A sustainable partnership

Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister own Spring Wind Farm (www.springwind.org) in Waterford township. They met in a class at Macalester College where they read the writer Wendell Berry. Three years ago they started farming and now have more than 200 varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers along with pigs, laying hens, and honeybees. Their produce is grown with no chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides.

This is their third season at Riverwalk Market Fair, and every Saturday morning they pick everything that’s in season and bring it to Fair, fresh from the field. This coming Saturday they expect to have peas, summer squash, beets, salad greens, scallions, radishes, and more. “Riverwalk Market Fair just keeps getting better!” Betsy says, adding that she and Andrew love hearing what people have cooked with their veggies.

They also sell their vegetables through their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, and wholesale to local institutions. Some of their favorite crops are some 20 varieties of heirloom tomatoes; a spectrum of red, gold and purple potatoes; and dry beans.

Andrew and Betsy plan to marry this August, continuing a partnership that has borne many fruits including a thriving sustainable farm in our community.