Chandra F. Hartman

Moonlight Micro-Farm was sprung from the passions of growing food and creating a resilient future. Proprietor, Chandra Hartman, is an avid gardener, composter, dirt-digger, seed saver, fermenter, permaculture designer, primalist, and general all-around DIYer. Supportive of her many ventures, her husband Eric can often be found helping with some of that dirt digging. He’s also quite handy in the photography department. Our youngest member of the family, Jordan, has left the nest to venture onward into the world of individuating. Tango and Lola, our two rescue cattle dogs, complete the brood.


It’s quite simple really. Chandra wanted to be a part of the local farmer’s market and satisfy her itch to grow things, but had very little land. Knowledgeable of urban permaculture, she went about turning her small space into a mini growing area by focusing on the tiny and humble seed. Chandra means ‘moonlight’ in Sanskrit and so, Moonlight Micro-Farm was born.


We believe that tasty and healthy food should be accessible to everyone and that all beings have intrinsic value. We are committed to socially and therefore environmentally responsible practices, both in our home and out. We use no “cides”. We grow only organic sprout seeds and heirloom garden varieties.  We value water and energy and are mindful of their use. We reduce our waste stream by consuming less, composting, and reusing. We value community and devote time to efforts that we feel strengthen our local community. We view non-monetary household reliance as a valid way of life, worth striving for, and defending. We are only human and work every day toward aligning our lives and livelihoods with our values.


  • Heirloom, Organic, & Open Pollinated (Non-GMO) Garden Seeds. Available at, the Seaside Farmers Market, and the Grand Lagoon Waterfront Market.
  • Organic (Non-GMO) Sprouting Seed including sunflower, mung beans, and wheat berries
  • Organic (Non-GMO) Sprouting Seed Mixes including Clover Field, Dill Salad, French Salad, Hotter’n Hot, Cabbage Head, and Broccoli
  • Naturally grown (we use a soil mixture of peat moss, vermiculite, and mushroom compost or an inert substrate with lots of fresh water and sunlight) Sunflower Shoots and a variety of micro-greens, from our organic seed, of course. These can be found at the Seaside Farmers Market, George’s in Alys Beach, and For The Health Of It
  • Sprouting jars with screen mesh lid, Wildflower Seed Pops, Biodegradable Bamboo Pots, and other gardening sundries
  • On occasion, we have handcrafted hoola hoops
  • Lots of garden and permaculture sharing


Please visit Chandra’s sister company, CFH Design Studio, to learn more about our residential design services and e.m.marcus | photography for your photographic needs.


7 responses to “About

  1. Audrey Barnhill

    April 19, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Chandra, I like your web site. I would like to get updates as you send them out. I’m in the process of setting up a little garden. I’ll let you know how it goes.

    Love, Mom

  2. Judy Goldie

    June 5, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I would love your email address. I am opening an urban market in Murfreesboro TN and would interested in selling you seeds there. It will be called the Greenery on the square. We will have organic groceries and such. Please let me know if that would be possible.

  3. Annette

    July 2, 2011 at 6:05 am

    Hi Chandra, I was wondering how much land is “very kittle land”? We just bought property and have micro-farm stars in our eyes. If you know of any other micro- or mini-farmers as well, could you point them out to ‘me?

    • elitrope

      July 5, 2011 at 3:59 pm

      Hi Annette,

      I live in an urban-esque environment. The land is 50’x100′ and our house is 750 sq. ft. I am slowly but surely transforming every square foot of our yard into productive edible landscaping and we have a large screen porch where I grow the microgreens. I made a shelf system that holds about 20 trays of greens and I’m in the process of setting up a small hydroponic system too. It all depends on your market. Right now I supply to two restaurants and our farmers market. I’d like to add a couple of more restaurants and I’m hoping the hydroponic system will help me do that. If I want to grow any bigger, I’ll probably need to erect a greenhouse or find a larger structure to grow in, but it doesn’t take much room to get started. Thanks for inquiring and let me know how your venture goes.

  4. Michelle (Health Food Lover)

    January 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Hi Chandra,
    Thanks so much for sharing your story on your blog! I’m sure many of my readers will find it as inspiring as I did! More power to you!

  5. Michelle (Health Food Lover)

    January 17, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    *I meant to say on my blog woops!

  6. elitrope

    January 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    @Michelle, no worries, I figured it out. Thanks for stopping by!


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