We’ve been so busy with all of the exciting developments happening with Travaasa Farm that we wanted to take a moment to tell you a little more about Farm Manager, Kim Grabosky.
My name is Kim Grabosky and I am very excited to have been brought on as Travaasa, Austin’s Farm Manager. The farm here is a startup and somewhat of a pilot program for the company.
Originally from Upstate New York, I became involved with organic agriculture at Peacework Farm in Newark, NY after completing my degree in photojournalism from Rochester Institute of Technology.
I had been photographing Peacework as part of a documentary about challenges and solutions for access to fresh foods. I was so fascinated by all of the intricacies of producing diversified crops and an agrarian lifestyle that I took on a year long farming internship with the operation to better understand the subject matter I had been photographing.
Within the first two months I knew I had jumped down a rabbit hole and I have been farming ever since. For me, farming is empowering and well adapted to the rest of our world’s natural cycles. I love to work outside, build an appetite, cook meals with really high quality produce, and enjoy the community of people drawn by sharing meals.
Upon completing my internship I moved to Austin, TX in 2010 and began farming for a 200 acre Organic vegetable farm just outside the city. While I was there the farm grew rapidly and I had the opportunity to quickly move from fieldwork, to greenhouse management and then farm management.
I am very excited about cultivating the farm here at Travaasa Austin. The soil has a lot of fertility and is located in a gorgeous valley at the base of a Texas canyon. The property is 3.25 acres and we will be growing a multitude of vegetables, perennial fruits, herbs, and cut and edible flowers. Additionally there will be over 100 hens of six different breeds laying fresh eggs for the kitchen. As the operation evolves I will also be looking to incorporate native Texas honeybees and mushrooms. I am incorporating permaculture methods of farming in to the production at every opportunity I see.
I will be focusing creating a highly diversified farm capable of supporting an outstanding quality of produce. Everything will be grown according to Organic farming standards. I am very excited to work with the guests. I can’t wait to share my passion for fresh food and demonstrate the joys of being a contributing member in our food system.