We’re on a MISSION to inspire the next generation of farmers to build a brighter and more sustainable agricultural future.
Little Wild Things City Farm produces soil-grown microgreens, shoots, and edible flowers on less than one-quarter acre in the heart of Washington, DC.
We believe that environmentally sustainable, commercially viable farming is possible in urban landscapes—and we’re proving it.
As a first-generation farm, we combine the best of time-honored sustainable growing techniques with new innovations and a disciplined business focus to achieve high yields from our very small growing spaces.
We aim to demonstrate that farming is a desirable career for the best and brightest of the next generation, and seek to develop relationships with customers who share our values to create a transformative impact on our local food system.
Mary Ackley, Founder & Chief Veggie Officer
Little Wild Things Farm is the dream of Founder Mary Ackley. Mary discovered her love of plants in a graduate school botany course at the University of Vermont. Later, she began experimenting with urban gardening while living overseas for her job with the U.S. Foreign Service. She continued to garden when she returned to Washington, DC in 2013 where she was a founding member of the Harry Thomas Community Garden in Eckington. She decided to turn her gardening habit into something more in 2014 and is enjoying her fifth season on the farm. Mary was a Peace Corps volunteer in Fiji from 2003-05, holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.S. in Natural Resources Management, and previously worked in international development living and traveling all over the world including assignments in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Washington, DC. Mary is a life-long adventure-seeker and enjoys strength training and sewing in her spare time.
Hailey Rohn, Director of Operations
Hailey first fell in love with urban agriculture when she had the opportunity to visit urban farms while obtaining her B.S. in Landscape Architecture from Penn State University. Following graduation, she quickly realized that she much preferred hands-on work and shifted trajectories, starting at Little Wild Things as a Farm Hand in 2017 and working her way up to her current role as Director of Operations. Growing up in a house of engineers, Hailey developed a knack for fixing things. She is a jack-of-all-trades around the farm, leading a variety of innovative technical projects, and assisting with plant science research and development. Hailey is also a talented artist and designer and was the recipient of an Excellence in Design award from the Stuckeman School of Design at Penn State University and a Communications Honor Award from the Pennsylvania Branch of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
Jonathan Patty, Production Manager
Jonathan came to Little Wild Things from the world of kitchen management and event production. He brings a diverse breadth of experience to our team. Jonathan holds a BA in Telecommunication Production from Pepperdine University, but found his true calling in feeding hungry people, especially through executing innovative food business models in high volume environments.
He is committed to increasing awareness and demonstrating sustainability in improved, localized, and regenerative community based farming endeavors. By demonstrating the sustainability of decentralized food Jonathan hopes that we can build a better way, usurping the status quo and improving the food supply chain from seed to plate.
Amanda Pumphrey, Assistant Production Manager
Rooted in her lifelong love and excitement for food and nature, and a desire to make the world a healthier, happier place for all its inhabitants, Amanda is passionate about contributing to a future with more just and sustainable food systems. She is excited about the potential of urban agriculture as part of the solution. She earned her B.S. in Community Health from the University of Maryland, focusing on nutrition education. After graduating, she spent time traveling: WWOOFing, volunteering with Americorps, and biking across the country. Upon returning home to the DC area, Amanda apprenticed with ECO City Farms before joining the Little Wild Things team. When her hands aren’t in the soil, she loves spending time at the beach, hiking, and dancing in her kitchen while she tries new recipes.
Samantha Hassard, Microgreen Liaison
Before starting at Little Wild Things, Sam was an Analyst for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Then she found her way to farming as an Apprentice with ECO City Farms in Riverdale, MD.
While Sam’s love of food and the people who grow it began at home on the North Fork of Long Island, it continued to develop while surrounded by the exciting and always-changing DC restaurant scene over the last 15 years.
Sam loves growing food that provides joy and sustenance to the local communities and restaurants in the DC area. Some of her other loves include seeing live music, her vinyl collection, cooking + baking, and time away at the beach.
Fennel the Farm Dog, Chief Morale Booster (CMB)
Fennel the Farm Dog hails from the streets of Southeast D.C. She was rescued in October, 2020 and became part of our farm family. She is an expert snuggler and social-butterfly, nicknamed the “mayor” of her local dog park. She is also an impressive jumper and will jump sky-high to fetch anything for her human friends, and of course she is always willing to lend an extra paw to help out around the farm. As a trusted farm companion, she’s still learning to love her greens, preferring peanut butter and frozen peas to microgreens, but we’re workin’ on it and we love her just the same.