© Copyright 1988-2018 Sandra Kay Miller- All rights reserved.
Life is too short to eat bad food.
Sandra had always wanted to have her own farm since she
was a child (not growing up on a farm). Her passion and
mission in life, though, were not set until the day when her
two jobs collided in the kitchen of a funky mountain hot
springs resort in southern California. Working on the
culinary team of a cutting-edge farm-to-table restaruant
(although then it was called keeping food costs low) by
night and a local cattle ranch by day where her boss didn't
believe in feeding grain--remember, this was in the 80's.
One day, the local meat purveyor walked through the door.
Knowing him from her ranch work, she didn't put two and
two together until he pointed out that she was cooking and
serving the beef she was raising. One of her tasks at the
restaurant was to shop at the local farmers markets twice a
week as well as make the rounds to local farms and
orchards to collect the freshest bounty the Ojai Valley had
Little did she realized the seed planted that day, the feeling
of pride and the comfort of knowing how the food had been
raised would bear fruit nearly twenty years later when she
walked through the dining room of Woodberry Kitchen
carrying two goat carcasses from livestock she had bred
and raised on her own farm.
This journey has taken Sandra from ground zero of local
foods and fine wines in southern California to the cradle of
sustainable agriculture in the Mid-Atlantic region. Chefs
and farmers alike seek her out for her gift of creating
connections between getting food out of the pasture and on
to the table.
And along the way, those fortunate enough to sit at her
table are graced with really awesome meals as well as the
stories of how their sustainance came to be. Readers can
follow Sandra as she continues to promote local and
sustainable food as well as well the politics and social issues
that surround the modern food system.
Dishing the Dirt
Instagram/Painted Hand Farm
Sandra and award-winning cookbook author/customer,
Cathy Barrow who regularly shops at Painted Hand Farm
Sandra and world-famous humanitarian/chef Jose
Andres. Sandra provides meat for both his personal use
and for his DC flagship restaurant, Zaytinya.