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 crazy 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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Jake (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.

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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!

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Laura 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.

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Rachel 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!