As we hope you’ve seen, our current issue’s cover story chronicles the story of one local farm whose mission is to provide sustainable produce to restaurants and diners alike. Organic offerings from the London-based Wayward Seed Farm are highly sought by some of the city’s best restaurants.
That story took a twist on Tuesday night, when Union County officials raided a Marysville-area property at 14950 Fladt Rd.—an address that, until yesterday, was listed as a location for Wayward Seed Farm (the reference has since been removed from the website). Authorities reportedly found more than 550 marijuana plants outside that could be worth roughly half a million dollars on the street. Some processed marijuana was found inside the house, along with two shotguns, according a Columbus Dispatch story. No one has been arrested.
Wayward Seed Farm co-owner Jaime Moore assured customers in a blog post yesterday that Wayward hasn’t done business at the Fladt Road location for more than a year. The active fields captured by Crave photographer Ryan M.L. Young for our story are off state Route 29 in Madison County.
“The raid reported in the news was not at the Wayward Seed Farm, and I had no prior knowledge of the events leading up to it,” Moore wrote on her blog yesterday. “From what I have read and learned from detectives, there was a raid on a residence of which I am a co-owner (although I do not reside there). It is no longer used by the Wayward Seed Farm in any manner, and has not been for over a year. The farm’s fields are in Madison County. The first I heard of the raid was when I was questioned by detectives at the Dublin Farmers’ Market this afternoon.”
Moore, who by the Dispatch account appeared devastated when detectives spoke to her, said that she’ll still be at CSA pickup and local farmers markets with produce. (Moore also manages the farmers markets in Bexley, Dublin and Worthington.)
Moore told the Dispatch she’s asking business partner Adam Welly, who lives in the Fladt Road house with his girlfriend, to sever ties with Wayward Seed.
We’ll update the story with any big developments, but for now, it looks like business as usual at Wayward Seed.