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Getting Started

Meet Farmer Nick!

The Lettuce Grow Team | NOVEMBER 1, 2020
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It’s our pleasure to introduce you to Nick Cutsumpas, our plant-friend better known online as Farmer Nick NYC. Nick is a “plantrepreneur” passionate about all things green. He spends his time as a plant coach and apartment farmer that believes in the same sustainable farming mission as us. Nick will be hosting 4 Instagram Lives for us this month, sharing his green-thumb gift and inspiring us to live a more eco-conscious lifestyle. He’ll be bringing a few friends along on the ride, so tune in weekly, and watch your community grow and thrive.

We recently sat down with Nick to ask him a few questions about how he got started, advice he would give to new growers, and much more. Read what he has to say and check him out on Instagram @FarmerNickNYC and get to know him a little bit better!



What was your first experience with gardening?



My first experience gardening was after graduating college in 2014. I had the summer off before starting my corporate job in NYC, and my mom suggested I start a garden in the backyard for a fun summer project. I was a former college athlete and personal trainer, and food and nutrition were important to me, so I went for it. I started with just a few tomato plants and from then on I was hooked! The satisfaction of literally tasting the fruits of my labor was incredible, and each year the garden grew more robust.

How did "Farmer Nick NYC" start?



A friend of mine wanted to bring plants into his home for the first time and I acted as his "plant coach". A friend then convinced me to dedicate my Instagram to plants and the rest was history!

What's one plant you can't live without?



Houseplant: monstera. I have a 6-foot monstera back home in New York and I couldn't bear to part with it, even after moving to LA.

Edible plant: snap peas. Nothing better than fresh peas off the vine!

How has growing plants helped you grow?



It has taught me so much patience and gave me a new appreciation for nature. Like many Millennials living and working in an urban city like New York City, life was incredibly fast-paced but plants forced me to slow down.

How do you want your growing to affect the world?



I want to inspire people living in urban spaces that they can in fact grow their own food. Whether it is in dirt or in a hydroponic system, I want to make all of our cities greener and more edible. Doing so will not only help the environment but will give urbanites a better appreciation for farmers and an understanding of our food system.

Describe your worst garden fail in one sentence.



I used community mulch without sterilizing it and a fungal disease took out all of my tomato plants. Rookie mistake!

What's your garden's biggest enemy?



The chipmunks that lay siege to my garden each summer. They're small enough to get through my chicken wire fence!

Where would you plant your dream garden?



Probably somewhere in the Caribbean or Mediterranean. Would ideally want an orchard of fruit trees.

If you could pick 5 heroes to sit at your table, who are you cooking for?



John Wooden
Michael Pollan
Barack Obama
Alice Waters
Stephen Colbert

What's one piece of advice you could give to new gardeners?



Don't be afraid to start growing with seeds! It's a cheap way to experiment with new varieties and it is great practice.

What's your favorite too-pretty-to-eat veggie?



Glass gem corn all the way. Good thing it isn't actually edible haha!

If you are what you grow, what vegetable are you?



I'd like to think of myself as a sweet potato.