Beautiful yard.  Fresh veggies. 


Our Mission

The Yard Farmer is a specialty gardening company that designs, creates, and maintains organic food and cut flower gardens for individuals, businesses, schools, and organizations.  We have a variety of service packages tailored to fit every level of gardener.  Our clients range from retirees to busy professionals, and our services range from private gardening lessons to weekly weeding/harvesting house-calls.

The Yard Farmer takes the frustration, sore muscles, and wasted time out of gardening, leaving behind fun, beauty, and of course, delicious, fresh produce.  Whether you are simply looking for some advice, wish to overhaul an existing garden, or are starting with an empty yard, we can help! 


how to start

Fill out this quick form to start on your way to a gorgeous and tasty yard farm!

Now’s the time to plant your Fall Harvest Garden!

Looking for excellent quality plants for your garden? Look no further—The Yard Farmer has a huge selection of vegetables, herbs, and cut flower varieties that you may pre-order. Simply click on the order form(s) below, fill them out, and email them back! .

2019 July Plant Order Form

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Amy Cook is the rare combination of stellar educator, conscientious worker, and passionate soul. She has the ability to turn a dream into a reality in a short amount of time and on a small budget. Her knowledge and vision helped us turn an idea of doing a school garden into something bigger and more magical - a school farm! Amy was eager to get students, teachers, and volunteers involved from the start. She worked with our vision but showed us how to bring it to life based on years of experience. It is wonderful to partner with someone so confident, so creative and so special. Come see the fruits of her labor anytime outside of our school!
— Amy Golding, Head of School, The Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley
Completed raised beds, December 2017, Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley

Completed raised beds, December 2017, Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley

My wife and I love to garden, but most of all, we love the vegetables we get to use when cooking. Amy helped us to plan the layout of our garden and pick the correct vegetables to optimize our harvest. We are just hobbyists, but having her professional evaluation and solutions saved us a lot of time and extra work. Now we are saving money on food, and some of the types of vegetables she recommended have become our new favorites.
— Joe Wagner, homeowner, Bethlehem PA
During my time as Amy’s farm assistant, I noted her attention to detail, her efficiency, her passion, and her ingenuity. The gardens that I helped her build are the perfect blend of practical, productive, and beautiful. Amy is an excellent grower who knows how to get a job done quickly, and with the highest quality. But, she is more than a farmer; she is a scientist, a builder, a designer, and a teacher. She does more in one day than most people do in a week and she makes all of the planning, problem-solving, and physical effort that she puts into that day seem effortless. If learning about gardening is something that you are interested in, then I cannot think of a better person to learn from than Amy.
— Megan Sonier, former employee


I produce my own high-quality vegetable starter plants whenever possible, and purchase seeds and other materials from the most reliable sources.  I follow the standards of the National Organic Program of the USDA, so your produce is guaranteed to be Certified Organic quality.  I balance efficiency with attention to detail, and go above and beyond to give excellent customer service. 



About Me


The Yard Farmer is a culmination of a 10+ year background of commercial vegetable farming, teaching and training new farmers, and an entrepreneurial spirit.  I studied biology at Brown University and agronomy (agricultural science) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  In between, I served in the Peace Corps as an Agriculture Volunteer in Madagascar. I grew up in mid-Michigan but now call Annandale, NJ home.

People will tell you three things about me:  1. I have a rock-solid work ethic;  2. I love growing veggies; and 3. I am a straight-shooter.  I approach every job as an opportunity to extend my love and appreciation of gardening and healthy eating to my clients.


Amy Cook, owner/operator






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