We are bringing Matthew Hanson, known these days as “Farmer Matt, Pepper Matt, and Farmer Matts Food Company. He has worked in horticulture and agriculture for more than 20 years in varied and diverse capacities and situations. Most of his career has been devoted to food access and sustainability. He has recently earned his bachelor’s degree from UMass Amherst in Sustainable Food Systems.
Our Farmer Matt is currently working on two projects to further the evolution in food, and mainly the food he is producing at his farm. One, by building a community food and flower garden on the land surrounding not only his family home, but also mostly vacant lots throughout the neighboring communities. The purpose: to offer fresh organically-raised veggies to the whole surrounding communities, to incorporate a food rescue facility to aid in reducing food waste and, one of my favorite aspects of these types of farming increase access to fresh and nutritious food within and for neighbors throughout communities community-wide. Pepper Matt’s Second Passion as an entrepreneur from home is building a Lacto-fermented condiment and food CPG business, which includes hot sauce, mustard, ketchup, sauerkraut, beets, peppers, and more (all fermented, no vinegar) all of which is sold direct to you, the customer at local farmer’s markets and online. This is Farmer Matt Hanson’s COVID Pivot. And Because of his taking his passion at home, therefore, to his neighboring communities he is THIRDLY ABLE TO BE building a certified commercial kitchen that will allow the scaling of his business and offer his products to restaurants and retail stores and that can also serve as a processing facility for the aforementioned rescued food.
Now I want to paint an even deeper lead-in picture for you, our viewers, just a little further. At the age of 45/46 years old, he had been living and working as a farm manager growing veggies, tropical fruits, and cocoa for a pair of resorts in St. Lushia in the Caribbean.
Come find out how his following his passions has landed him in a town just outside of Lubbox TEXAS called Slaton at a home built by his wife’s grandfather in the 1940s where he now also enjoys being close to two toddler grandchildren added into the mix!