I grew up in the Lehigh Valley. Here, as elsewhere, I witnessed the seemingly endless transition of farm fields to housing developments. It did not trouble me very much at that age. I was not a farmer, and food came from far away anyway. I thought little of it, moved away to college, and studied philosophy, biology and ethnic studies. It was there that I began to see the social, economic and environmental implications and interactions of land use; that there were connections between farmland and hunger; pesticides and ecosystems; food and mind.
Upon graduation I took a summer apprenticeship at Kimberton CSA, a diversified vegetable farm growing local, delicious, vegetables for 200 families. I was instantly hooked. I fell in love with the craft, work, art, & business of farming. I relished the fact that using sustainable growing practices, creative systems, and hard work we could help feed ourselves and our community.
In 2010 I moved back to the Lehigh Valley to help with care-taking of my father. As fate would have it, that same year, a unique farming incubator called The Seed Farm started with the aim of training beginning farmers and providing them for with land and equipment to start farming on their own. Here, with a lot of help, I was able to turn a dream of farming into a concrete business plan and eventually a Community Supported Agriculture farm: Good Work Farm. Farming has a way of becoming all encompassing. When I make the time I like to read, hike, camp, practice yoga and visit with friends scattered about the Valley and beyond.
A Maryland-born-and-raised suburbanite, my first tastes of food production are rooted in the handful of tomato plants my Dad would basket-cage in our back-yard each summer, offering our family a few vine-ripened flavors, and an introduction to the sweetness of gardening.
Somehow, years later, his appreciation for the agrarian found hold within me and began to take shape in my college years, where I found outlet for my callings in the growing of food and raising of animals.
I spent my first farm season pasturing and milking sheep and making artisan cheese at a dairy in Southern Vermont. For the next five years, I traversed the diverse world of small-and-medium-scale farming, spending seasons working on farms with a variety of approaches and focuses—ranging from hand, horse, and tractor-scale vegetable production. After a year co-running Great Song Farm, a Draft-Powered CSA in the Hudson Valley of New York, I re-routed and re-rooted my life to farm alongside Anton here at Good Work Farm. When I'm not farming, you'll find me writing about farming, cooking food, eating food, or trying to carve a space in my life for family and friends, art and dance, getting lost in the woods, and self-care.
The dedicated, courageous, and well-loved farm dog Rocco began farming when we adopted him, and brought him to the farm.
Very quickly, Rocco adapted himself to this new lifestyle. While farming is difficult work, Rocco is willing to do what it takes to get the job done. At Good Work Farm, Rocco is our marketing-manager, vegetable taste-tester, rodent patroll-dog, CSA childcare supervisor, general farm manager, and of course, best friend.
In between hunting, barking at inanimate objects, and playing ball, you'll find Rocco lounging in the sun and meditating on the deeper questions of life.