Who We are


Little Farm, Big Family

Following in the tradition of market gardeners, The Barrows Family started San Giovanni's Market Garden inspired by their great-grandfather Giovanni Marino, a long-time grower who embodied the heart of small farming.  Inspiration and success is also due to Greg and Maria Barrows who laid the foundation for the market garden over the past decade.


We are grateful to our big family of small growers who have openly shared their practices and experience  in growing food from the soil. Two modern market gardeners, Eliot Coleman and Jean-Martin Fortier, have instructed us in many of the farming practices we use on the farm. These growers, among many others, continue to influence and sustain our work by openly sharing their knowledge and experience of farming as they preserve and develop the tradition of market gardeners. 

We are especially grateful to our big family of good-food-eaters, who continue to support and inspire our work on the farm. As we begin this farming venture and continue to grow, we hope to maintain the small-ness of our farm in order to keep it beautiful, ecologically and economically sustainable, and locally-oriented, so as to ensure the production of tasty and affordable organic vegetables. 


How We Farm

At San Giovanni's, our mission is to grow good, healthy, beautiful, and affordable food using organic farming practices within the long tradition of market gardeners. 

Dedicated to the health of our soil, vegetables, and customers, we prefer to grow our produce using hand tools and no-till farming practices so as to tread lightly on the earth and cultivate a healthy soil, which in turn grows healthy and delicious vegetables, which then feed and sustain our customers. 

Through these ecological friendly farming practices, we hope to help create a just economy of sustainable agriculture and cultivate a wholistic understanding of food, soil, and humanity in our local Maryland communities. In addition to growing vegetables, we hope to bring beauty and sustenance to your home with our very own fresh-cut flowers!

Want to know more about who we are and how we farm? We are always happy to talk farming. Call or email us to schedule a time to come and see the farm and meet us! You can also come see us at one of the farmers' markets we attend. 

Staff (A.K.A. Family)

Wisdom demands a new orientation of science and technology toward the organic, the gentle, the elegant and beautiful.
— Ernst F. Schumacher