To St. John, with Love

When I first asked Josephine for a job she said no.

I waited a week and went back.

The second time I asked Josephine for a job, she looked me up and down and said, “can you squat?”. I responded “yes” without hesitation, thrown off by her frankness.

She put scissors in my hand and led me back to the farm. She told me to fill a bucket with greens.

So, I squatted down low, took my scissors and started trimming the greens that surrounded me; baby tat soi, baby bok choy, leafy greens, mustard greens, greens I’d never seen. It took me some time waddling around like a creature low to the ground trimming all the bounty that surrounded me to fill up the bucket, but when I did I turned to Josephine, bucket in hand and I asked her what was next.

She cackled loud! “I did not think a tall girl like you could squat! And you’re not too slow! I still want to make sure we make sense before I hire you, but for now you can fill another bucket”.

And so it was for the next 6 months, Josephine let me continue filling up buckets with her spectacular greens.

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Josephine is one of the most remarkable humans I’ve ever had the opportunity to work for. She is strong and smart and has spent almost every day for the last 30 years growing food on the little island of St. John. Josephine’s farm sits on one of the only wells on the island, making it possible for her to irrigate the only mass producing farm on St. John. She taught me how to grow microgreens, how to make kimchi with all the excess tatsoi, how to perfectly bag up greens so they didn’t get soggy, how to landscape pineapples, how to harvest sugar cane and lemon grass, how to put love into the food you’re growing, and then how to extend that love through an entire community regardless of the acknowledgement or appraisal.

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St. John was one of the most significant steps I took toward getting to where I am today. In addition to being witness to the extension of love through the food you grew, I was witness to a greek family with roots build and open a greek food truck called Little Olive.

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This family of four worked unbelievably hard to bring their family recipes to the locals and visitors of St. John. They used Josephine’s produce creating a symbiotic relationship between food, and people, and the little island. The experience I had of taking part in both farm and truck shaped a large amount of the ideology I have today that helps me navigate this new world of Wilde Thyme. I saw what was possible when a few people chose love as their navigating force to run their business, and the impact it could have.

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To St. John, to Josephine, and to the Little Olive family. Your love is what will re-grow your St. John, and it will come back tenfold.

And to all the Baltimoreans reading this, consider donating to the hurricane relief through the St. John Community Foundation and St. John Rescue.

An additional article to read about Irma’s impact on St. John is here.

“Before Hurricane Irma hit the continental United States, it had already affected at least 100,000 Americans. Not tourists visiting islands. Just 100,000 Americans, living in America’s paradise, the United States Virgin Islands.”


Whitelock Community Farm



Whitelock Community Farm got its start in 2010 as residents of Reservoir Hill converted a vacant lot into an active urban farm. Since then, the farm has been growing rapidly—both in scale and scope! We are thrilled to be able to serve Whitelock’s beautiful produce on the truck.


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One of our team members is a neighbor and volunteer of the farm. Whitelock was the first farm we partnered with to do a farm volunteer day as a full staff with the intention of getting to know our farms and farmers on a more personal basis. It’s been easy getting to know Whitelock, they’re extremely engaged with the community and interested in sharing their wealth of knowledge.

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In addition to growing food, which feeds the neighborhood through their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, Mobile Market spots, and weekly farm stand, Whitelock also serves as open space for community events and a place where many come to learn more about growing and preserving food through volunteering, internships, the YouthWorks program, Farm Club, and community cooking classes and workshops.

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The farm is located at 930 Whitelock St. in Reservoir Hill. If you’re in the neighborhood, you can also bring your kitchen scraps to the farm to be turned into compost! On Saturday, October 7, Whitelock is doing a book drive from 10am-1pm, and on Sunday, October 8 they are hosting their annual Harvest Festival from 12-4pm.

Coming up on Sunday, October 22, Wilde Thyme will be serving food at Whitelock during a Fall Fashion Clothing Swap!

You can learn more about this farm on the website: or follow the farm on Instagram @ whitelockfarm. They also have regular volunteer hours, and it’s so fun to dig up sweet potatoes, so consider volunteering this fall!

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Upcoming Events:

  • September Potluck/Cookout – 9/27
  • October Book Drive – 10/7 (10-1)
  • Annual Harvest Festival – 10/8 (12-4)


  • Fall Farm Fashion Swap – 10/26 with Wilde Thyme

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Brainstorming Notes from crEATe 4/23/17

Last night a group of local artists met to discuss how we envision art being mobile in Baltimore, and how can selling art from Wilde Thyme be beneficial to the artists, the food truck, and the community Wilde Thyme is in?


A lot of great ideas were generated from this brain storming session, and in order to include more artists and community members in continuing this discussion I wanted to present the ideas that circulated last night.


How do we envision art being mobile in Baltimore?

  • Playlists, music, speakers: Baltimore sounds, determining what people like based on location
  • A chalkboard drawing area, low enough for young people to reach it.
  • Hanging plants (planters and plants for sale)
  • Popping up between the architecture and engineering building of Morgan University to support students
  • Rotating art to be sold from the back of the truck
  • Mugs for sale with hot beverages during cold months
  • Having a “neighborhood hero” or “neighborhood artist” or that get’s highlighted every month with informations on their story on our community board. Similarly, having “student of the month” that gets a similar shout out from the truck`
  • Pop-up dominos tables for the sidewalk
  • Joining schools for different annual celebrations
  • Developing meals based around the community. Perhaps having week each month where people can submit their favorite recipes and then Wilde Thyme will do their best interpretation of it. This could also be developed into community cook books
  • Celebrating different urban farm events, or events in park spaces
  • Having local “Paper Plate Awards”, where folks get lavish paper plate awards for exceptional local successes
  • Musicians busking
  • Spoken word or open mic nights
  • Having a barter system set up where more then just money is excepted on certain days/times
  • Having a suggestion box, but also just a box for people to submit cute notes and art
  • Post secret/object drop off
  • Community games of “Telephone” or other games that build off of each other like “best game ever” (also known as “spanking yoda”)
  • Tiny Gallery, literally just a tiny gallery where a monthly artist is featured in a small way
  • A graffiti board (with structure), similar to the chalk area on the truck there could be a square reserved for adults to play around with communal ephemeral art on the truck
  • Popping up in front of furniture stores, to highlight displayed furniture but also offer a place to eat. Maybe Cedar and Cotton? *Spin off dialog: It would have to be NO SPILL FOOD!… What’s no spill food?… Carrot sticks!
  • Menu drawings: seasonal drawings that help people understand what is in each menu option, but also drawings can relate to the sentiment of the food item too (ie what, where, who does it remind you of?)
  • Menus with multiple language options +brail
  • Pages to color, like at restaurants, but possibly chalk outlines on the side walk, or menu drawings that could be printed out
  • Bring your dog to the truck day, possibly in conjunction with an animal shelter? We could have dog treats and water pales.
  • Creative merch, clothes more then t-shirts? Fanny packs? Pins?
  • T-shirts that you can color in
  • Working with vocational tech schools when the truck needs repairs
  • Free movies projected onto the side of the truck
  • Christmas lights ALL. OVER. THE. TRUCK. Let’s bidazzle it! GLITTER!
  • Maps of Baltimore: mapping Baltimore from the trucks point of view (ie what food is popular where, what art is popular where, where is the truck popping up?); mapping Baltimore from the customers view point (ie what does their neighborhood mean to them, what story can they tell?)…
  • Having “my first” pictures. Styled in the way that some restaurants take pictures when you eat their biggest and baddest sandwich, but instead just keeping a log of every time someone tries something they’ve never had, weather it be a tomato or a falafel or a…
  • —> fold this into a coffee table picture book to make your millions.
  • Side walk art classes: pop-up potter wheel, pop up model for drawing, pop up loom, pop-up…
  • Partnering with animal petting zoo, with the zoo, people were just really excited about the Drawing Zoo, but unclear what the health code options are with this one.
  • Basketball hoop with the trashcan under it (also there could be compost/information on composting too)…
  • Bring your own mug/plate discount (permitting greyness….)
  • Sell furniture, by having furniture out for people to sit in, sell spoons, by having spoons people want to eat with!
  • The Elsewhere Museum inspiration, if the shared space is changing and mobile, how can we build up the people to be what is solid and built upon?

If you’re interested in selling your art, or in partnering for a sidewalk performance/art workshop please fill out our Artist Application form here.

If you’re interested in joining the conversation or have additional feedback or want more information, please feel free to email the owner Kiah at


Dear Artists,

I admire the experiential approach to learning and have been thinking about all the ways people absorb the world around them-visually, through sound, reading, smells, tastes, touch. As readers of this blog know, I am starting a food truck and am curious about how a food truck can be more approachable to a wider audience. What draws people in? What holds people back from trying a food truck?  I’m interested in the idea of having hands on immersive experiences that complement one’s experience of eating at the truck.

One of the reasons I fell in love with cooking is because it is both universal, eating is something we all have to do, and incredibly diverse, in terms of flavors, techniques and what it says about culture. It’s a universally shared routine. I’ve farmed food, I’ve sold produce at markets, and I’ve taught cooking and gardening classes to youth. I thought a food truck could be a good tool for urban farms and community spaces, with ideas like cooking demos, take away recipes, and sampling and sharing of food knowledge, that could contribute to a shared experience in those communal spaces. I don’t like the idea of going into a community assuming there’s one type of food to fit one need- my approach with the food truck is more give and take, more flexibility and mobility, with rotating specials and the ability to move if needed.

In addition I want to share the business platform, I’d love for guest chefs to come in, and show off. I’d love to find other ways that a shop on wheels can benefit more folks in Baltimore.

When I was selling produce at markets my boss always said “we have to make food sexy”. Since then I’ve been obsessed with wearing food (a fried egg necklace, fruit prints etc.)… Wanting to talk about food with more people, influenced me to want to wear more food, which influenced an interest in making food accessories/art.

My mom’s an artists, as are lots of my close friends (although, honestly, I want to say everyone’s an artist in their own right). I’m curious to see if the truck platform will allow for a mobile, flexible art display (the Taharka Bros have done such an amazing job with a mobile book store). I see art as a way to start a conversation, to teach, and to share ideas and love across cultures; all things I see food doing too. I see art as another universal language, and I’d like to find ways the truck can help start a conversation.

Here are some ways that I envision artists being involved with the truck:

1) Small concessions:

I’m working on creating a small bookshelf or display area for bits of art and local products. I don’t imagine carrying anything of greater value than, let’s say, $30. So, things that could easily pop up and be sold (and help spread the word about where more of your creations can be found). Some ideas that could fit in a small display area could be:

  • prints/postcards
  • paper cuts
  • books (poetry, zines and more!)
  • pins
  • Patches
  • small wood works
  • small jewelry wares
  • soaps/body care products
  • pottery mugs or plant hangers
  • small fabric wares
  • small paper-maché things
  • photographs
  • cd’s

The list should go on, and I’m excited to see where it will go.

2) A rotating tarot-styled menu:

I am designing a tangible menu that will be laminated and held together on a ring. The idea is that, while you can certainly see what is for sale on the chalkboard menu or ask the folks in the truck, this will give another tangible way to interact. There are several inspirations around this. To start, I’ve always loved menus at diners that are covered in photographs and drawings and too much text. So in part, this is my homage to an old school classic.

I’ve also been thinking a lot about how people display their work. D. Watkins split the Beast Side into side a and side b like an old cassette tape. Anthony Bourdain split his book up into courses. And while my menu is not a book, I did want it to be a little different than your everyday menu.

Lastly I have been thinking a lot about the erasure of history through “fusion” foods. Because I learned how to cook mostly on farms, and in a Greek and a Mexican kitchen, I’ve been using those influences in creating my menu items. I’m wanting to create playful names for each item, but would like to include more text to explain where my influence is coming from and give credit where credit is due.

Here’s a visual of what I mean: Example Menu Taro CardI thought that this could be a way to rope local artists in.

The idea would be that you would take an hour to draw an image that is evoked by the food you are tasting or the name of the food. We could either sell versions of the drawings/prints as seasonal truck postcards in order to pay you for your work, or I would pay you for the hour of work and for your art. I am currently selling prints with the intention of covering the cost to pay artists for their seasonal menu drawings.  To learn more about the prints, please click here

If you would like to donate the first drawing that would be wonderful, although ideally I want to be making it mutually beneficial. If you want to wait a season to see how well it works, and join for the “eat and crEATe” party for our fall menu, that’s completely understandable!

Between breakfast, lunch and dinner I will need 10 drawings. Because I encourage you to draw based on what you’re tasting there will be a crEATe party on April 23rd at 6:30pm (location TBD, but somewhere in Baltimore). If you’re interested in selling your goods, drawing a menu item, or participating in a discussion about how art can be incorporated on the food truck, please message me. This will also be a wonderful opportunity for me to get feedback on my menu items!
Wilde Thyme is only going to get better with communal input and creativity. I want to thank Angela Carroll for inspiring the event to eat and create, it’s ideas like these that are going to help Wilde Thyme flourish.

It’s also her beautiful art that encourages me to keep going on the daily:


the personal is professional

To all the trans women out marching amidst signs that center feminism around having a vagina, I see you, you matter, thank you. – Zaddy Zomme

I continue to digest the messages that I saw at the march. I want to hold onto the power and magic we saw in numbers of individuals showing joint leadership on an international scale. I want to listen and consume the messages that I neglected to consider. I want to continue to unlearn my socialized, oppressive tendencies.

My friend Sandy shared a message on Facebook in response to this image:


I was very heartened and inspired to see so many people picking up signs; I hope the energy continues!

I was disheartened to see people shutting down critiques of the march in the name of “unity” or “coming together” or “love.” If “coming together” means people of color and trans people have to set aside their concerns in order to fit with a pre-determined plan, we are re-creating the dynamics we intend to challenge.

My hope for myself and other white, straight, cis-gendered women is that we apply the same enthusiasm to our education as we do to marching, and when we discover our mistakes we don’t get defensive but rather are willing to repair them and learn from them. When we do that, we create a culture in which other people can learn, too, instead of continuing the problematic attitude that people are either “good” or “bad.” As this sign says, we are socialized to be oppressive, and all of us are on a journey of un-learning”                                                                                                                                 -Sandy Robson

On Friday January 20th, I hosted a dinner for friends and family that were marching. I put energy into creating a meal that would bring friends and family together. The menu was designed around playful puns that overlapped food with different representations of femininity and female leadership. However, my definition of what is female to me, is not a definition that can be shared across the diverse platform of women and those marching. The use and symbol of the cundt cake emphasizes that femininity and female are reliant on having a vagina. My interest in representing a vagina in my food was to challenge the discomfort that folks display in hearing the word or seeing images of vagina’s. While it was fun to decorate a cake with wavy frosted labia, I wanted to comment that the representation of a vagina as the symbol of female, was not inclusive, or my intention. It was a fraction of the diverse perspective of femininity.

I’ve been thinking a lot about messages to the public about the public. I think generalized messages tend to be innately incorrect or exclusive in some way. I find fault in my messages too, and am learning to correct my missteps.  

There are continually growing nuances in self expression making it hard to generalize an account of what is going on in America right now. In my experience as a privileged white, straight, cis-gendered, able-bodied woman, it is still extremely difficult to start a business. My interest in food business largely stems from the intersections food has with race, gender and class. While I love cooking and growing food, I am far more interested in using it as a focal point in bringing people together.

If along my journey to starting my business you notice that it is exclusive or inaccessible to you, please reach out to me. I will be doing work to make the space around my food truck an inclusive one through partnerships with communities and individuals that use it as a platform for their own self expression. The personal is professional. My fight against oppression is baked into my work and I’m looking to uplift together.

New Year, New Self… New Business?

I was really grateful to be asked to write a blog post for Start-up Soirée. When you’re starting a business a little goes a long way and the request to let me get some air time on the Start-up Soirée blog meant a lot. If you’re interested in keeping a pulse on local business in Baltimore you should tap into Start-up Soirée‘s resources. And if you’re interested in hearing my musings on how I’m juggling self care and business care as I head into a new year you should read my blog post!

What Can You Do in a Food Truck?

The freshly tuned up Little Debbie Truck has so much potential, a blank page, waiting to be filled in with kitchen equipment. But before embarking on the complete transition I wanted to see how others could think to use the space. I decided the best way to introduce Little Deb to Baltimore was to have a handful of my talented friends come out and show off what they could do in an empty truck. This video, What Can You Do in a Food Truck?, is the collaborative creation. It warms my heart to see people I love playing around in the future food truck, and I’m excited to continue to think of creative ways I can highlight Baltimore’s talented people and share the platform the truck provides.

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What Can You Do in a Food Truck?

Please continue to follow the journey of Little Debbie gone Wilde Thyme, to see what’s created!

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But Food is Sexy

Who’s rooting for vegetables?

In 2014 I lived in Nashville, TN. I was working for a company called Good Food for Good People. The mission of the business was to improve access to good food throughout Nashville. We would set up local food markets in YMCA’s, churches, schools and hospitals; heavily trafficked community spaces. I tried my first kohlrabi on the job, fell in love with salad turnips that we would leave out as samples, and learned that you could eat raw sweet corn. Much of the market experience was spent talking to people about new vegetables and how to eat them. My boss had often said, “we have to make food sexy!” And I’ve felt strongly ever sense that he is right. Who’s rooting for vegetables to be big? With all the financial backing of sugar filled products, it’s hard to imagine anyone taking the time to advertise a salad turnip.


I think part of the way to make real food more approachable is by making it sexier. So how can we make food sexy? I think one way is to wear it. We make a choice everyday in what we wear and how we represent ourselves. For me, I want to talk about food. I want to talk about where is comes from, who is responsible for making it, where we can find it and why, what we like to eat, or what we’ve never tried before. I love the way that Laura Miller (@imlauramiller) photographs herself with food as her fashion statement. Here are a few examples:

She also has an instagram dedicated to Froobs (Fruit Boobs), that makes fruit comical and approachable in an entirely different way.

I started doing the #froobs thing on my instagram a few years ago as a funny little way to incorporate some fruit into a photo. But then I started doing some lopsided fruit. Some extra big, some extra small, some bruised and not-so-pretty ones. And then I started using the hashtag #allfroobsarebeautiful. I got such great comments and responses from women in a “yep I feel you girl” kind of way. Look, I’m not saying it was some big impactful movement, but it a nice little way of poking fun at the body insecurities that many of us deal with every day.” -Laura Miller

Here are some highlights from that:

You can also buy Froob shirts here!

For me, I try to pick up food accessories when and where I can. I have a dress covered in pickle jars, a necklace with an egg over easy, and orange slice earrings. All things I love to eat, all things I think are cool, and all things I want to advertise and talk about. If big companies aren’t going to advertise fruits and vegetables… why can’t we, in small ways, do it ourselves? Last spring, recognizing the lack of available food accessories, I started making hats with root vegetables on them. I’ve started to sell them to cover the cost of some of the donated events I’m doing to promote my business. 


Me with the original hat, spring 2016, harvesting radishes.

If you’re interested in some food accessories, or want to support a local baltimore business, let me know and I can make you one!

Cause you’re sexy, and beets are sexy, and together we can make food sexy.

Some cute friends right here:

Image 1: Rebecca with her crooked/cute pup!; Image 2: I made a special native species hat for Gaby, who plants butterfly gardens in Curtis bay as part of her job as a community outreach coordinator for the Baltimore National Aquarium. She got some butterfly friendly milkweed and a black eyed Susan (native flowers are sexy too!

Image 3: Gwen, who works for the Baltimore Orchard Project, got a special custom pawpaw and apple hat. ; Image 4: The pawpaw and the apple up close! ; Image 5: Some local Baltimore advertisement for fruit!

Some cute hats right here:


All of the Ingredients are Here

You don’t often hear people talking about how lonely starting a business can be. My business is still at such a small scale, that it is mostly me, day in and day out, hustlin’. That copious amount of me time has got me thinking, what resources are out there for people, like myself, starting a business? Currently, my Little Debbie food truck is being worked on, so there is some lag time while I wait for it to be turn-key ready. This lag time has been filled with me searching for entrepreneur communities and resources to learn how this process of starting a business is going for others in Baltimore. Through some light social media “networking” (aka stalking) I came across the Startup Soiree.

Startup Soiree is a monthly meetup focused on creating meaningful conversations among entrepreneurs and leaders within the local startup community.”


I grew up in D.C. and moved to Baltimore a year ago after trying on other cities for size. I was attracted to the city for its diversity and size and because, whether people liked it or not, the city was needing to talk about race. As someone who grew up in Baltimore’s twin city and chose to move to Baltimore when I moved back home, I was subject to a lot of scrutiny from locals and outsiders. Plenty of people questioned my decision to (excitedly) move into a city that has been labeled as failing for so long, assuming that my doe eyed affection of this underdog city was just founded in my naivety. To add to it, it baffled people further that I was choosing to move to Baltimore with the intention of starting a business. But as I’ve sat in my rookie status for over a year now, delving deeper and deeper into the entrepreneurial network, I am absolutely blown away by how many people are investing in Baltimore. And my vision of investment isn’t Under Armour moving into south Baltimore- it’s businesses like DoveCote Cafe in Reservoir hill, Black Sauce in Remington, Impact Hub on North Ave, and Keeper’s Vintage with Knit, Soy, and Metal in Mt. Vernon, to name a few. It’s small businesses investing in their community. All of these incredible businesses happen to be interviewed for Startup Soiree’s podcast, something I was excited to discover because it’s one of my favorite ways to absorb news and information.

Upon discovering the podcast, I chose to listen to episode 087 where Patrick interviews the CEO of Brioxy, B. Cole. It blew my mind as it brought together everything I have been looking for over the last few months. A space where entrepreneurs are talking about their experience specific to Baltimore. I’m going to just pull some quotes from the interview as highlights, but encourage you to listen to it yourself:

“Baltimore has the largest community of black innovators in the country, that are here already, I think so much of what happens in a city like this is that people just get so, so much of the conversation is about how do we attract in what we need that you forget that you actually have everything you need right here”

“All of the ingredients are here”

“This is a black city. White people are so uncomfortable to talk about race in this country, still, in this day in age, it is so uncomfortable, but ultimately what that means then is that white people in Baltimore are sitting here praying for more white people to come, so that they can be proud of their city, because they have been taught over their life that anything related to blackness is inferior and negative, and so black people have felt the brunt of that, right, and been isolated and have experienced a series of some of the most racist policies that were created in the entire country, originated in Baltimore… Ultimately we’ve created this really deep unbalance”

“Talking about how much of a sacrifice you make in terms of being a leader, being visible, being out there, it comes at a cost and I am grateful for the really incredible folks I’ve been able to touch and be part of their journey and their lives, and I feel humbled to be able to feel like I was like a small piece of that but it definitely some days is really really hard and you ask yourself what am I doing? Am I going in the right direction? Am I really having an impact? I feel really grateful”

“Baltimore is going to win”


-B. Cole

People have built resources in Baltimore, people have started businesses in Baltimore, and while I’ve never thought I was an innovator in the sense that starting a business in Baltimore is new, I definitely know that I won’t be the last. And so, I am keeping track of all the folks that are doing such an amazing job of dissolving the isolation behind starting up a business for a community you love. Again, “all of the ingredients are here”.

Introducing Little Debbie

Today is a new chapter for Wilde Thyme, I bought a Little Debbie truck.


Wilde Thyme’s mission is to address food access in Baltimore through a business approach. I want to address the complexities of how race and gender and class intersect with a changing food industry. I want to put topics like gentrification and exploitation at the center of how we,  we being a large societal we, ethically run a food business. I want to be a part of a movement that creates job opportunities. I want to work on a model that makes food affordable and approachable.

I want to begin this process with a Food Truck. I have been a part of a wide range of our food system. I have farmed food, I have sold food at markets, I have cooked food, and I have nommed on food. I don’t believe that food businesses should be a monopoly. I don’t believe that businesses should be owned and held by the few, the privileged. I want to make the process of how I start a food truck business transparent. I want to expose every stage of the process, from its inevitable challenges as well as its successes. I don’t think there’s a benefit to hiding my blood, sweat and tears. I don’t think it is in everyone’s best interest to share their secrets and process, and by no means am I calling on people to expose their soft power and personal knowledge or experience. I also don’t believe that I am laying out the way to start a food truck, just simply a way. I know I will make mistakes, even big ones, but I’d rather expose those mistakes if there is an opportunity to encourage others along this same journey.

In my naive first chapter I want to believe that being a business owner is like being an artist. Everyone in truth is an artist, it just happens that some have been repeatedly told they are artists and they make art, while others have been told they can’t draw, or they make crafts. In a world that is rapidly changing from a place where the privileged could live in a self defined postracial bubble, to a world where we are talking about the shit that’s going down; I want to encourage people to take up their crafts, I want to recognize them as artists and humans, to encourage people to create, and I want to share my process.

If you want to follow the Little Debbie gone Wilde Thyme journey I will be sharing it on Facebook and Instagram (@wildethymebaltimore), as well as here on my website.