ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Frank Jacques and his wife, Nancy, purchased Buxton Hollow Farm in his native North Smithfield, R.I., in 2002 with dreams of opening a winery. Just weeks from opening, however, fate intervened when the couple was served with a cease and desist letter from a company with the same name and they were forced to abandon the venture.
Frank soon found new inspiration while on vacation at Disney World when he took a bite of the most delicious produce he’d ever tasted. He was intrigued to learn that most of the fruits, vegetables, and fish consumed at the park were grown organically on site. He took a behind-the-seeds tour at Epcot and discovered it was using ancient organic farming techniques to not only feed the entire park while achieving many world records for the growth of organic fruits and vegetables.
Armed with this knowledge, Frank developed Buxton Hollow Farm’s line of compost tea. Eager to learn more, he earned a master’s certificate in composting from the University of Maine. Now he is sharing the time-honored science behind his successful products and the full spectrum of organic agribusiness with future leaders through the nonprofit Center For Sustainable Organic Agriculture.
“Our goal,” Frank said, “is to pass on the age old knowledge and proven techniques to truly sustainable organic agriculture that can be used to promote locally grown chemical free farm products anywhere.”