Jen Smith and Nate Frigard have been growing high quality organic produce on farms in Virginia, California and Massachusetts since 2003. They are trained as organic growers and share a love of the good, hard work of farming. They are both graduates of the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at the University of California at Santa Cruz and have worked on and managed community based and educational farms for the last eleven years.
Jen first fell in love with farming while working at Wheatland Vegetable Farms outside of her native Washington, DC. She is passionate about growing good food and beautiful flowers, beekeeping, and teaching folks to do all of the above. After a great four years of working to protect farm land at Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, Jen now gets to work on the farm full time! Yippee!
Nate brings a passion for growing beautiful food and sharing what he knows with others. Prior to starting Crimson & Clover Farm with Jen in 2011 he worked as the vegetable farm manager and teacher at The Farm School. When he’s not rooting for the local sports teams he can usually be found walking among the cover crops. Nate is excited to be a part of a farm that is rooted in community, food, beauty and fun! And he’s glad to be doing it in a rich and supportive community like Northampton.
We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Anna Meyer, Chris Ryan and Liza McElroy as our full-season Assistant Growers for the 2013 farm season. They each bring a diverse set of skills to the farm but they all have a passion for hard work and building their skills as farmers.
Anna‘s farming and agricultural experience is eclectic and enduring. Her love of farming began at the Northfield Mount Hermon School farm program when she was in hight school. Topics pertaining to the natural world proved to be a common thread in her life; after high school she arrived to college in New York City, consistently focusing her studies on the earth, i.e. agriculture and religion, sustainable design, even urban gardening! Outside of academia she has grown her own vegetable garden, cultivated apples for cider making, developed a maple syrup operation of her own, WWOOFed internationally and has begun to realize that her life work is in growing delicious food and building a strong community.
It was harvesting potatoes at a neighbors’ farm during high school when Liza developed a love for farming. After long days of loosening soil with a pitchfork, sifting through dirt with eager searching fingers, and heaving bushels of potatoes around, she’d meander home with fixins for dinner fresh from the soil. Her body felt worked and fatigued in a happy, healthy way and her belly muscles ached from hearty laughter with her co-workers. Since that time she’s worked contentedly on various farms in Vermont, New Hampshire, Alaska, and abroad. She also worked for a spell as a science illustrator, and can’t wait to sketch veggies from the farm.
More Bios to come!