Sarah Clavieres, Co-Owner of The Talking Tree Farm and The Lemon Tree Juice Bar, is providing not only quality food and juices to their local community, but more importantly they are offering affordable resources, classes and training to spread knowledge and passion for all areas of farming. This way of sustainable living is so important for us and future generations. Sarah is incredibly talented and I’m so excited to share her story here. She’s a mom (with another baby on the way!), an artist, and she’s also my sister in law. I loved having the opportunity to interview her and share a the behind-the scenes look at her business.
What does your business do and who do you do it for?
The Talking Tree Farm is where we continue to grow high quality goods to see at the local Farmers Markets. Our passion is to also offering classes at our farm to bring knowledge and skills to our local community.
Why did you start your business? Share your story.
My French husband and I met in the south of Thailand, where we lived on the beach, farmed in the sand, and lived off-grid for many years. We arrived in San Antonio, my hometown, in 2015 with the dream of sharing our knowledge on sustainable living and agricultural methods. For 3 years we lived in a camper on a friend’s land and started a Permaculture Project known as Talking Tree Farm. In 2019, when our son was born, we transitioned the farm to the land we bought in Schertz, Texas. We continue to sell our produce, farm honey, & eggs at the Pearl Brewery Farmers Market & opened another booth called The Lemon Tree Juice Bar where we sell fresh squeezed lemonade & limeade, orange & grapefruit juice, and seasonal hot herbal teas. Providing quality food to the community is something we are proud of, but teaching is something we are passionate about! We are thrilled to announce our 2021 class schedule at the farm which includes classes like Permaculture & Farming, Mushroom Cultivation, Backyard Chickens, Composting 101, Introduction to Herbalism, Cooking Outdoors, Beekeeping, & Farm Fit. It brings us joy to offer affordable classes and bring the community together to make a difference.
What is the most common question you receive at your business?
Why don’t you till the soil like most farmers? The answer is that when you till or dig up the soil, that natural system gets interrupted. Worms get killed and the exposed soil is being eroded by wind, rain, and frost. Tilling a natural soil is like killing it.
Do you grow your own citrus for The Lemon Tree Juice Bar?
We have started an orchard which includes many citrus fruit trees, but they are still too young and probably not enough for us to source the amount of fruit we go through at the juice bar.
What has been your biggest challenge with entrepreneurship?
My biggest challenge has been juggling being a stay at home mom and operating a business.
What has been your proudest moment in entrepreneurship?
My proudest moment has to be hiring & delegating people to do certain tasks for me, so that I can balance work and family.
What piece of advice do you have for anyone starting out with their own business?
I would say to start small & invest slowly.
When you’re not running your business, how do you spend your time
If I am not working, I spend my time with my son. We are also expecting a daughter this month, January 2021!
Sarah Clavieres, and husband Sylvain Clavieres, are co-owners of The Talking Tree Farm and The Lemon Tree Juice Bar in San Antonio, Texas. They offer classes & grow bio intensive market gardens & a food forest on a small scale farm. Sarah is a mother of an almost 2 year old son, Leo and is expecting her newest arrival this January 2021!
Please feel free to contact Sarah if you have any feedback or questions.
Company: The Talking Tree Farm and The Lemon Tree Juice Bar
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