young farmers

NAME: chris Jacobson FARM: Side track Farm AGE: 39   Can you tell us a bit about your farm and how you got started?We are a small diversified farm that sells vegetables, flowers and herbs through farm-shares and local venues. Along with my husband, Silas, and son, Jacob, I raise chickens, turkeys and dairy goats as part of our holistic approach to tending our land. We use absolutely no pesticides, organic or otherwise.  What did you do before you started farming? Have you found it to be an easy transition from your previous job?  I’ve been a lifelong educator in the fields of math, science and art, continually building bridges between subjects. Farming and connecting to...
NAME: Brian Stroffolino FARM: Oak Wood Farm AGE: 26   Can you tell us a bit about your farm and how you got started?Oak Wood Farm is a small, diversified farm located in Hartland, Vermont, focused on producing high quality vegetables for our community. My wife, Melissa, and I started in 2011 on one acre right next to the Connecticut River and have just recently moved to a larger piece of property where we look forward to expanding our food production using permaculture design principles. What did you do before you started farming? Have you found it to be an easy transition from your previous job?  I lived in Burlington, Vermont, where I worked for a non-profit, supporting...
NAME: chaya lipkind FARM: dreamland harvest AGE: 30   Can you tell us a bit about your farm/business and how you got started? 
In 2012, I established Dreamland Harvest: a sustainable vegetable and herb farm located in Monticello, New York. The goal of the farm is to sustainably grow a mix of mushrooms, vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers in a fun, creative, and beautiful environment and to sell fresh produce and prepared foods to delighted customers. 
Prior to farming, I was a partner/owner of a company that sold financial products to businesses; my last role was as CFO. I left the company and returned to university to obtain my bachelors degree, during which time my passion for...
NAME: Jeremy Gildrien FARM: Gildrien Farm AGE: 34 Can you provide some brief background information about your farm? In your opinion, what makes it special or unique? I believe in quality over quantity, so my farm is small - just a few acres - and I focus on producing the highest-quality food that I can. I also try to push the boundaries of what we can grow here in Vermont without resorting to lots of fossil fuel - for instance, we have a solar-heated bed in the greenhouse where we grow ginger. Fresh baby ginger is a real treat! Why do you believe farming is important, particularly for the younger generation, and why did you decide to become a farmer?  I'm a farmer because I love food...
NAME: David Wells and Sarah Bellos FARM: Stoney Creek Farm AGEs: 29 and 29 Can you provide some brief background information about your farm? In your opinion, what makes it special or unique? Stoney Creek farm is a diversified four-acre permaculture farm with an emphasis on specialty crops like natural dye plants and mushrooms, with some small perennial fruit production. Both David and I have "in-town" jobs and so were seeking a way to slowly begin to make a living off the land. Joel Salatin says go big or go home, but we feel like there is a lot for us to learn taking it season by season and bootstrapping our operation and honing our skills in these more niche crops.   We are excited...
  NAME: A.M. Thomas FARM: East Hill Farm AGE: 25 Can you provide some brief background information about your farm? In your opinion, what makes it special or unique? East Hill CSA is a project of the Rochester Folk Art Guild, a nonprofit organization and community of craftspeople and farmers. We use old fashioned, chemical-free, hands-on organic methods to grow fruit, vegetables, herbs, eggs, pigs, and chickens for the community and for sale through our CSA in Rochester, NY. Our farm also produces ceramics, wood turnings, wooden toys, furniture and boats, hand-woven items, and clothing made from natural fibers. Why do you believe farming is important, particularly for the younger...
NAME: Samantha Joelle Honey Lamb FARM: Early BIrd Acres AGE: 27 Can you provide some brief background information about your farm? In your opinion, what makes it special or unique? Early Bird Acres, the name, has only been around for three years, but my farm was homesteaded 110 years ago. Myself and the woodland Gnomes that live on the acreage specialize in Cheese, Cow & Pig Meat....& Seasonal Honey. Different Honeys such as Mountain Meadow Honey & Alfalfa Honey. But really, I try to go above and beyond with my Animal Husbandry. I practice the art of picnics with my cows and pigs to make them feel like they are part of the family. My milk cow, Ohio, a 3 year old Jersey,...
  NAME: Brad Halm FARM: Seattle Urban Farm Company AGE: 32 Can you provide some background about your farm? In your opinion, what makes it special or unique? At Seattle Urban Farm Company, we work directly with people- individuals, families, school children, chefs, and business owners- to help them grow their own food.  Whether it's building an organic vegetable garden or chicken coop in an urban backyard, installing a production garden on the rooftop of a restaurant, or designing a community garden space, the most enjoyable aspect of what we do is watching people get excited about food and farming. Why do you believe farming is important, particularly for the younger generation,...
  NAME: Adrianna Moreno FARM: Wild Garden Seed AGE: 25 Please provide some brief background information about your farm — in your opinion, what makes it special or unique? Wild Garden Seed is a certified organic seed company based in Philomath, OR that breeds and grows open pollinated varieties of lettuce, mustards, kale and chicory among many others. The farming community and its supporters are an inspiring facet of being here, but the breeding work done on-site everyday is a unique and dynamic process. The politics of seed crop production are treacherous which makes this an exciting time to be involved in  organic and open pollinated seed crop production. Why do you...
NAME: Douglass DeCandia FARM: Food Bank for Westchester Food Growing Program AGE: 26 Give a description of your farm and how you got into farming: The Food Growing Program is a production operation and a vocational program.  At each of our gardens, I, along with students, inmates and community volunteers grow food which is donated to the Food Bank and distributed throughout the county to individuals experiencing hunger.  We have gardens on five sites throughout Westchester County (NY) including: 1) Leake & Watts - school for emotionally disabled youth (Yonkers) 2) Woodfield Cottage - school and juvenile corrections facility (Valhalla) 3) Westchester County Jail -...
NAME: Blain Snipstal FARM: La Minga (Cooperative) AGE: 23 Can you provide some brief background information about your farm? In your opinion, what makes it special or unique? My farm and its community is unique for its composition of the campesinos and campesinas involved - all of which, apart from myself and two others, are from Central America. So that adds a unique flavor to the equation, along with the collective/communal and subsistence mentality that supports the entire culture of the project, the space that floats around the land there welcomes all (including the local deer, family of turkeys and chickens and bees). It's a beautiful thing really. When I got involved, they asked...
NAME: Sharon Leopardi FARM: Backyard Urban Garden (B.U.G.) Farms AGE: 26 Can you provide some brief background information about your farm? In your opinion, what makes it special or unique? Backyard Urban Garden (B.U.G) Farms is in its third growing season as a group of young, urban farmers spearheaded by Sharon Leopardi. We farm on multiple plots of other people's backyards centered around the deep soil in the Glendale neighborhood of western Salt Lake City. We make our living by providing our 100-member CSA and multiple restaurants with honest veggies grown on under an acre. We hope to constantly evolve and share our farming and marketing techniques so we can play a supportive role...
  NAME: Severine von Tscharner Fleming FARM: Smithereen Farm AGE: 30 Farmer and activist Severine von Tscharner Fleming is one of the co-editors of Greenhorns: 50 Dispatches from the New Farmers' Movement. She is also the founder of the Greenhorns, a sister organization to the National Young Farmers Coalition, and an organizer of Farmhack.   Can you provide some brief background information about your farm? In your opinion, what makes it special or unique? Smithereen Farm is a little farm llc that I can carry with me until I have a farm of my own. It is the legal structure and equipment that I can use to run animal operations and herb-drying operations wherever I may be...
NAME: Shannon Jones & Bryan Dyck FARM: Broadfork Farm AGEs: 30 & 27  Tell us a bit more about your farm/business:   Broadfork Farm is a small-scale sustainable farm. We use organic farming methods to grow high-quality vegetables. Our entire crop is hand-tended to achieve the highest standards of flavor and quality for our customers while working to preserve the environment. We sell primarily through farmers’ markets with some sales to restaurants/caterers. We both work full-time on the farm year-round with no off-farm income. What did you do before you started farming/working as an artisan/gardening? Have you found it be an easy transition from your previous job?  ...
NAME: DEsi K. Robinson FARM: DeVyne Crown Farm AGE: 39 Can you provide some brief background information about your farm? In your opinion, what makes it special or unique? Though I've had a few growing seasons, I've recently named my little urban plot DeVyne Crown Farm because: DeVyne: I'm a diva gardener (stylish and polished with boots and rake :-), Crown: I live in Corona which means crown in Spanish! DeVyne Crown is unique in that it serves as a resource for my various projects as a journalist, educator and foodie. I use my crop to facilitate my cooking program, "What's Cookin' in the World, Miss Desi?" What's Cookin'© is an arts-based international cooking program (using maps,...