We are first generation farmers who learned from working on other small scale farms, and continue to learn from farmers in our community, classes, books, and farmer YouTubers. In the farm operation, we each take on many roles. We are the owners, managers, laborers, book keepers, marketers, irrigation experts, mechanics, etc.
Marcie is your vegetable farmer.
Marcie dreams in vegetables and wakes up ready to get out in the field! On the farm, Marcie is the schedule coordinator, book keeper, marketer and laborer. She got her start farming at an intentional community in Virginia and it has been her passion since. She has worked with plants in many capacities from coordinating bean cooperatives with the Peace Corps to starting ornamental nursery plants for the city of San Francisco. Through all of this, growing vegetables has remained her passion. She feels privileged to be able to have her own farm and work for her community.
Kate is our technical support.
She loves all things water, soil, and data! She is an environmental civil engineer by education and trade. Kate got her start working on remediating contaminated soils all over the West, contracting for the EPA. Though Kate cannot be on the farm day to day, she is an asset. She designs, models, and builds the farm infrastructure from irrigation to farm stand structure. On top of all that, she helps figure out the data we need and sets up our spreadsheets and so that we can constantly learn and get better. Kate makes everything more efficient!
Mike is your lady bird farmer.
He is our partner farmer and the owner of City Bird Columbus! Mike hails from Hillsboro, Ohio and got his farming start by reading Joel Salatin, Wendell Berry and visiting the Amish farms in his area. We farm on the same land in Pataskala and he produces the best pasture raised eggs in town from the happiest of hens. Mike is all entrepreneur, owning 2 small businesses, he is an inspiring partner farmer. He is always looking for innovations, better ways to do common tasks, and he loves to sweat. Mike gives a lot of time to Freshtown Farm even though he has his own work to do. We are incredibly appreciative of his dedication and hard work.