Consulting & Speaking


Looking for one-on-one consulting and personalized advice for your home garden, market garden, small farm or orchard?  Or need a speaker who can cover organic gardening, agriculture, forest farming and more?  We’d be happy to help!


Lexy Close

Lexy is the primary educator for Build It Up, leading workshops on all aspects of year round organic gardening.  She is also the Program Director for the Field School, and organizes over a dozen farmer training workshops a year on a variety of business planning and production topics:

Home & Community Gardens

Organic Gardening
Production Planning
Raised bed construction
No-till Gardening
Organic Pest, Disease, and Weed Control
Soil Health & Cover Crops
Companion Planting
Fall & Winter Gardening
Season Extension
Seed Saving

Small Scale Farms & Market Gardens

Production planning
No-till for organic and conventional production
Soil health & cover crops
High Tunnels & Season Extension
Agritourism Opportunities
Organic Pest, Disease & Weed Control
Business Planning
Market Opportunities & Marketing Strategies

Taylor Malone

An amateur in the old French sense of the word (‘one who loves’), I plant, manage, discover, observe, and forage from fruit and nut trees across the country. Some perennial species I’ve honed in on as apt for agricultural development in NE TN include mulberry, pecan, black walnut (for oil), native grapes including muscadines, apples, persimmon, black raspberry, fig, and hardy kiwi, among a few others. I’m particularly interested in the integration of multiple species in an orchard setting, including chickens and pigs, as a buffer against variable weather patterns and pest populations. I’ve been encouraged by the possibilities of this approach by studying and observing a host of diverse, perennial-based agricultural systems around the world – always looking at them with an eye for regional adaptation, productivity and profitability, and low or no spray management. I’ve been on the board of the North American Fruit Explorers since 2014, and am a member of multiple national and international fruit and nut growing organizations, so if I don’t know the answer to a fruit nut question, I almost certainly know someone who does. Though not yet technically a farmer – in the sense of making a living selling products grown from the earth – I hope to one day buy a farm large enough to plant out a commercial orchard, and develop a cooperative business around multiple agricultural product lines.

For Home Gardeners & Farmers

Fruit & Nut Tree Production
Edible Native Plants
Food Forests/Forest Farming
Low/No-Spray Orchard Management

To get in touch with Lexy or Taylor, please use the Contact Us form!