Meet the Farm Family

Jeff has been farming for the past four years. He started as an apprentice for a farm called Mountain Bounty in Nevada City, California. There he learned the ins and outs of being a small organic farmer: seeding in the greenhouse, planting in the fields, harvesting and washing produce, operating a tractor, and being in charge of the irrigation schedule. After Nevada City, Jeff moved to Watsonville, California where he worked at Live Earth Farm for the following two years. He continued to build his skills, working at a farmers market, managing farm animals, and growing cut flowers. In his second year there, Jeff and Anna created the Young Farmer Program.

Jeff has been farming for the past six years. He started as an apprentice for a farm called Mountain Bounty in Nevada City, California. There he learned the ins and outs of being a small organic farmer: seeding in the greenhouse, planting in the fields, harvesting and washing produce, operating a tractor, and being in charge of the irrigation schedule. After Nevada City, Jeff moved to Watsonville, California where he worked at Live Earth Farm for the following two years. He continued to build his skills, working at a farmers market, managing farm animals, and growing cut flowers. In his second year there, Jeff and Anna leased an acre and a half from the owner of Live Earth Farm and created their own mini operation. They grew for a farmers market in San Jose, started their own CSA with 25 members, and sold to several wholesale accounts. After such a successful year, Jeff and Anna decided it was time to venture out and start their own farm business.

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Anna’s passion for farming began as a garden educator. She first got involved six years ago, after graduating college. She found a wonderful school garden position through Calypso Farm and Ecology Center in Fairbanks, Alaska. She worked at a middle school where she started a brand new vegetable garden as well as managed and taught a group of teenagers to maintain the garden and sell at an on-site farm stand. The following year, Anna moved to San Jose, California where she worked for Full Circle Farm as another garden educator. This farm model was different because the 11 acre farm was on school grounds, right next to the football and soccer fields.  Anna worked with 6th and 7th graders every week, integrating the school garden into their curriculum (English, Science, Math, etc.).  She also started a summer science camp for elementary school kids during the summer. As much as Anna loved garden education, she felt it was time to expand her skill set and learn more about farming. That is when she moved to Santa Cruz and worked with Jeff at Live Earth Farm.

Max on gopher patrol

Max on gopher patrol

handsome maxMax is seven years old. We are not entirely sure, but we say he is a beagle, lab mix. He loves being a farm dog… digging for the gophers that always seem to get away, chasing skunks and deer, following us back and forth from the fields, and of course eating any veggie scraps that come his way. He is the best companion anyone could ever ask for and because of that, you’ll probably see him in a lot of the photos we post.

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7 thoughts on “Meet the Farm Family

  1. SO, SO happy for you guys & gal! Can’t wait to get up there and see the farm first hand. Max looks just as happy as the two of you do!

    -Jerry

  2. Who would have ever thought – that just seeding and throwing a little straw around a new Indiana farm pond – would inspire an organic farm in Oregon someday!! We have the pictures to prove it. Wow! You are right… there are never enough hours in the day to complete the tasks you have in mind. Eventually that teaches us the ultimate patience. We wish you all the patience and happiness in the world. You are truly on the right track! Gary and Patti / Reed Tree Farm

  3. Hey Jeff,
    Glad to see you and Anna are doing so well. I hope to get out there sometime.
    Uncle Jim

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