Rage and roots: How an Annapolis microgreens farm is making fresh foods more accessible

Lavon Sajona, left, holding cantaloupe micro greens,  and Michel Fretin, right, holding black sunflower micro greens, are owners of The Green Anarchist, an Annapolis farm that grows micro greens.

In the summer of 2020, a microgreens farm was born in Annapolis.

Composed of just a small room and an adjacent farm, The Green Anarchist was co-founded by Lavon Sajona and Michel Fretin during the pandemic. While people were exploring new hobbies like bread baking, cooking, and at-home YouTube workouts, Sajona was rage gardening.


The co-founder of the local microgreens farm was moved by the stress of the political climate and systemic inequalities revealed during the early stages of the pandemic — so, she funneled her energy into rage gardening, a trend of taking frustrations out by weeding and planting that became popular during the pandemic..

Partners Lavon Sajona, left, and Michel Fretin, right, are owners of The Green Anarchist, an Annapolis farm that grows micro greens. Here, they hold trays of micro greens that are nearly ready to harvest.  On left; cantaloupe micro greens, on right, black sunflower.

What started as an outlet for anger and grievances has become part of a mission to provide healthy, accessible food to local



“COVID-19 really just revealed so many weaknesses in our systems,” Sajona said.

The two gardeners started noticing cracks within the food supply chain that were eexacerbated by the pandemic, and they saw an opportunity to reach out to different food banks and pantries. Their microgreens were being used as a force for good — to strengthen community ties, help others struggling with food accessibility and promote the importance of healthy, organic and locally-grown microgreens.

One of the many organizations they began working with was Annapolis Wellness House, a nonprofit organization that helps people affected by cancer. The farm provides a particular type of microgreen that helps people trying to recover from the disease.

This is a tray of black sunflower micro greens grown by Lavon Sajona and Michel Fretin, owners of The Green Anarchist, an Annapolis farm that grows micro greens.

“It’s just really important to go local and support your community,” said Mary Jermann, an executive director of Annapolis Wellness House. “Because really, that’s the whole reason we’re here.”

Sajona’s desire to give back to communities stems from her own family, who gardened as a means to survive.

“My memory growing up is of soil and dirt,” said Sajona. “My grandmother always had a garden. We gardened year-round. She had a summer garden and a winter garden, and we ate and survived from that garden.”

Sajona said when she was growing up in Ohio, a car was needed to reach the only grocery store in her neighborhood. This made fresh food inaccessible — especially for many single, working moms and low-income families.

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“That garden helped sustain us, our neighbors, our community, everyone,” Sajona said.

“We were lucky in the sense that our community was very tight-knit, and we basically supported each other so you didn’t have to go to the grocery store. Someone always had eggs. Someone always had milk. Someone always had something.”

Representation is another important aspect in their mission to make fresh food more accessible. Their Instagram bio identifies their farm as minority-owned and veteran-owned, demonstrating their desire to collaborate with more people of color and other marginalized groups.

“Indoor gardening and controlled agricultural gardening is a very white, male space,” said Sajona. “There has been an increase in women, but I have not seen an increase in people of color. It’s an expensive thing to do.”

The Green Anarchist belongs to several farming communities and collectives that are predominantly made up of people of color.

“It’s something that’s kind of in my DNA — to be able to navigate a space that’s not … built to support me or people like me,” Sajona said. “We have to design our own systems and navigate our own ways to be successful.”


The Green Anarchist offers refrigerated products at Ceremony Coffee in Annapolis. They plan to start online orders soon. Go to @thegreenanarchist on Instagram.