Meet The Farmers

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Going clockwise, this is Jason, Sierra, Ava, and Andrea.  Check out the Farm Gallery for lots more photos of Sierra and Ava busy at work (and grazing) — it’s great having them on the farm!  They’re future flower farmers, too, so look for their bouquets at market!  Jason has been farming for around 10 years, but is also a conservation biologist and continues to collaborate on research projects involving songbirds, both residents and migrants.  Andrea is a long-time ecologist studying the ins and outs of the lives of crows.  She enjoys her growing reputation as the crow lady.  She has also set up nesting boxes for songbirds all around the farm and uses these to collect ecological and behavioral data on local bird populations.  We have a great bird list for the farm!

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Andrew Sblendorio is an organizer, amateur mycologist, vegetable and fruit farm helper, fermentation enthusiast, and musician living in Utica. He helps run the Mohawk Valley Freedom School at The Other Side, a free school dedicated to empowering the people of Utica with knowledge, skills, and community. He loves to read.

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Chloe helped out at the farm in the summer of 2019 before returning to Smith College for her senior year. At Smith, Chloe is an Education & Child Study major; she is interested in both counseling work and outdoor early childhood education. She hopes to pass knowledge she gained while working at the farm along to young kids, knowledge about how healing and empowering direct contact with natural spaces can be. In her free time, she loves to write, swim, dance, and have long conversations with her friends.

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Jake (L) and Jack (R) were a huge help on the farm in 2019.  Jake is a musician and off to Philadelphia to pursue his many musical interests.  Jack is a multilingual Russia specialist and is off to parts unknown as a translator, editor, and scholar.

jenJenifer is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Biology, now a bookseller, farmer, student, and traveler by turns. Pictured above on a farm in Taiwan, she spent a year after college travelling the world and working on farms in six countries. Her interest in sustainable agriculture hearkens back to her upbringing on a Sauquoit organic farm, though she now lives in Clinton. Jenifer has been helping on the farm since summer of 2018 and is loving the opportunities to get her hands dirty and be involved in the local foodshed.

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Timothy is a musician and traveler and he and his family are much-missed up on the hill after 3 summers spent helping at both Kingfisher and Old Path Farms.  Timothy is a master musician; enjoy the music he makes with Kathy and others as Auld Lang Syne here:  https://auldlangsyne.bandcamp.com/

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Maddy is a current PhD student in socio-cultural anthropology at Indiana University. She studies everything from the everyday to the supernatural in contemporary America. During her moments of crisis and doubt, Maddy is prone to  farm work as a way to connect to herself and to reality. This first bout of self-reflective farming took place while on hiatus from Reed College; Maddy worked on an orchard in Germany and a vineyard in France. While floundering between college and graduate school, Maddy had the luck of working on Kingfisher Farm and once more finding reality in the dirt. She hopes to live out her golden years in a post-capitalist agrarian utopia.

haley.jpgHaley is a senior literature major at Hamilton College who loves to read about, write about, grow, and cook vegetables. In her free time you can find her knitting, making bread, and dabbling in all sorts of art. At Kingfisher Farm last summer, she loved picking (and eating) strawberries and weeding onions.

kaitlyn.jpegKaitlyn helped us out during the summer of 2018 before returning to Hamilton College to finish her senior year. Originally from Rochester, NY, she is an environmental studies major who absolutely loves food. During her summer with us, Kaitlyn enjoyed transplanting, working at the farmers market, and eating Kingfisher Farm blackberries. When she’s not farming, you can find her crafting or cooking.

18835705_10211695379612767_5651393279352672585_nJake (on the left–in case it’s not obvious) is a native to central New York and is currently studying Environmental Science at SUNY ESF. He’s passionate about sustainable agriculture and organic food, cooking, and twentieth century classic literature. And when he’s not rambling on about those, he can be found practicing jazz bass, playing with his corgi, Walter, or crafting something in his woodshop. Jake hopes to have his own organic farm one day so he can spread healthy, nutritious food and the knowledge he gained here at Kingfisher Farm to as many people as possible.

DSCN1810 (1)Leigh spent the summer of 2017 with us before returning to her senior year at Hamilton college where she majored in Environmental Studies and Ecology. She’s a native of upstate New York and especially loved working the Clinton farmers markets this summer. She hopes to go into ecology or environmental/outdoor education. She battled her innate fear of snakes to pick strawberries all summer, and it certainly paid off to see happy customers at the farmers market every week! When not at the farm, she could be found crocheting small animals or rock climbing with friends.

Cheesin'Natalie is an environmental studies major at Hamilton College. Her favorite vegetable is broccoli. When she is not on the farm, she can be found rock climbing, throwing a frisbee, or playing Bananagrams.  She single-handedly planted almost the entire 2017 garlic crop!

fullsizeoutput_1072Laura is a Biology major at Hamilton College who loves getting her hands dirty at the farm. Originally from Pennsylvania, she grew up taking care of her family’s backyard garden and learning about eating healthy local foods. She continues to cultivate her passion for produce by working at a variety of farms, most recently completing 6-week internship at Craigarden in December. At Kingfisher, Laura is responsible for many of the thriving plum and pear trees planted in 2016.  When Laura is not collecting eggs or harvesting vegetables, you can find her hiking, birding and rock climbing — when her school work is done, of course.

IMG_20170815_103509411_BURST001Rachel Mead is a recent graduate of Oberlin College in Anthropology, originally from Clinton. She loves cooking and eating, and looks forward to following her dreams as soon as she figures out what they are.  She was a huge part of launching our first year of CSA at Kingfisher!