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Greenhouse owner Linda Morris of Cedar Knoll Farm gains national attention

With over 30 years experience as a registered nurse, Linda Morris felt the need to educate others on the importance of nutrition, herbs, and vitamins as part of a daily diet. Thus Cedar Knoll Farm was born.

Her first 12’x24’ greenhouse used all the old windows from her 90-year old farmhouse. From there, Linda’s entrepreneurial spirit grew. Her passion for preventative and alternative medicine naturally combined with her nursing background.

Construction of a 30’x96’ commercial greenhouse was next. Linda’s inventory consists of 26 varieties of Heirloom Tomatoes: Arkansas Traveler, Aunt Ruby’s German Greed, Black Krim, Black Prince, Box Car Willie, Brandy Wine, Brandy Wine Yellow, Bulls Heart, Casplan Pink, Cherokee Purple, Currant Sweet Pea, Currant Gold Rush, German Pink, Green Zebra, Giant Belgium, Mexico Midget, Mortgage Lifter, Mr. Stripey, Opalka, Orange Strawberry, Purple Calabash, San Marzano, Soldacki, Stupice, Sunsugar, and Yellow Pear. She also carries a wide variety of traditional tomato plants. Plants are sold in 2.5” x 3.5” pots.

Linda also grows seven varieties of peppers: Alma Paprika, Beaver Dam, Black Hungarian, Bulgarian Carrot Pepper, Chervena Chushka, Lemon Drop, and Nosegay. Size ranges depending on the variety. Hotness ranges on a scale of 0 (least) to 5 (hot). Basils, chamomile, lavender, lemon verbena, oregano, rosemary, sages, and thyme are some of the varieties of herbs. All products are raised chemical free.

Linda has received a Certificate of Nutritional Herbology from the School of Natural Healing in Springville, Utah. She continues to study towards her goal of Master Herbalist. She also serves as a guest speaker for nutrition seminars, gardeners clubs, colleges, and schools.

Linda’s real dream came last month when a national magazine, Mother Earth News, contacted her for expert advice on Heirloom Tomatoes. After the interview, the reporter sent Linda a rough draft of the story and, to her surprise, she was the opening speaker! You can read more about Linda Morris and Cedar Knoll Farm in the April edition of Mother Earth News magazine, due on newsstands March 29, 2005.

Linda has been a member of REAP for over a year and is a member of the Herb World Association. Linda’s website, www.cedarknollfarm.com includes herbal and nutritional information, along with recipes using the various herbs. She ships her products all over the United States.

Congratulations Linda on national coverage of your Heirloom Tomatoes and the success of Cedar Knoll Farm. REAP salutes you!

Linda Morris, owner of Cedar Knoll Farm, http://www.cedarknollfarm.com 
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