A Back Yard Farm

About Us


A Backyard Farm is the dream of two city farmers, Joan James and Coleen Gregor.


Joan James

Joan AboutJoan has been backyard farming since she was a little girl. The art of raising vegetables has been a fruitful and always fluid endeavor. The chance to share this with other people is a dream come true. She specializes in the growing of heirloom tomatoes. She has spent many years refining the techniques needed to grow tomatoes vertically. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge of succession and high density planting with A Back Yard Farm customers.

Coleen Gregor

Coleen AboutColeen grew up in a farming and gardening family in Southern Minnesota at a time when farm families grew and preserved much of the family's food. Upon moving to St. Paul in 1984 she began adapting her growing methods to the urban environment of small yards and community garden spaces. She is excited to be able to share the experience of farm fresh, high quality organic vegetables with other urban dwellers via A Backyard Farm.

Cooper Houdini Secretariat.

Cooper AboutCooper has been digging up gardens ever since he was a puppy. He actually ate an entire Kale plant one day while he was bored but his favorite is asparagus. He looks forward to sharing his gardening experience in his monthly newsletter column.


At A Backyard farm we are dedicated to serving our customer's needs, and our goal is 100% customer satisfaction. We strive to bring you the best in quality service. If something isn't right, please let us know.