Meet Pamela

Hi. I’m Pamela. Do you want to be friends? Let’s sip some tea together in the garden, with cats on our laps. Doesn’t that sound purrfect?

I was born and raised in the coal mines of Pennsylvania where I helped my father grow his tomato plants so high we couldn’t see out the kitchen window in the Summer (sorry Mom!). I then moved to Pittsburgh, PA to attend art school much to the confusion of all my family. There I met a boy named Matthew who wore tall striped socks and had matching neon blue hair as me, so of course I fell in love with him.

We moved in together quickly and he brought his childhood cat Essy along. I also fell in love with Essy. Shortly after finishing school, we packed up all our belongings in a U-Haul and moved from one city to the city; New York City. We moved to Brooklyn in 2005 and we have lived here since. We are now parents to 6 cats, and 1 daughter named Enceladus.

Speaking Of The Garden

Every summer Matthew and I talked about gardening memories that we both had growing up in our small towns. We had no back yard, we had no soil to dig into, so we thought – what if we make a garden many stories up on our roof?

It started small, just a few containers, then every year it expanded. We couldn’t help ourselves, we wanted to grow everything! We grow broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, peppers, beans, sugar snap peas, potatoes, pumpkins, watermelon, kale, strawberries, onions, carrots, sprouts, lettuce, soy beans, corn, cucumbers and more. We happily spend many hours in the garden every single week getting our hands (and nails) dirty. And now with a family, we even get to show our city kid where her food comes from!

So that’s how Brooklyn Farm Girl began. I wanted to share with others my experience of living in a big city but has that itch sometimes for a small town life.

REED + RADER
film director life

When I’m not gardening or chasing my toddler  (she’s fast), I work as an artist with my creative partner and love, Matthew. We direct crazy, colorful, fun films - maybe you’ve even seen some on TV or the Internet!   I’m very lucky that I get to use my imagination every day!

go behind the scenes