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 dreams in vegetables and wakes up ready to get out in the field! 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. When she isn’t farming she fancies herself as a novice artist and loves to learn things on YouTube. She feels extremely privileged co-own a farm with folks she enjoys and to work for her community.
Tracey was born in Maryland and started farming in North Carolina. Her formal background is in public health, but from her desk window she kept daydreaming about what it would be like to spend all day outside, growing vegetables. Happily, she discovered the two worlds aren’t so far apart and farming can be done in a way that improves the health of people and the planet. In addition to vegetables, Tracey loves to grow native plants and flowers. She also loves bees, reading books, and riding bikes. She is honored to join the Freshtown team and help to grow good food for our friends and neighbors.
Kate 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 one of our partners 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.