It may important to know your doctor or your lawyer or your children’s teacher, but I’d argue that the most important people in your life might be those that grow your food. KNOW YOUR FARMER! It’s not only a snazzy bumper sticker, it is an integral part of a healthy life. Here they are, 2014’s Holcomb Farm Crew (in reverse alphabetical order):
Eliza graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in December 2012 with a degree in Environmental Studies, specializing in Sustainable Development, as well as a minor in Geography. She began to gain experience with farming through various volunteer opportunities at local farms in Boulder. In the summer of 2012, Eliza worked as an intern on a rooftop farm in New York City called Brooklyn Grange. The following summer she worked full-time at a vegetable and flower farm on Block Island, RI.
Justin is from Charlotte NC and is a die hard Carolina Panthers fan. After graduating school with a horticulture degree he has worked with numerous organic farms around the country including being a hydroponic ninja at Disney. As well as a Samarai manager on one of the largest flower farms in Hawaii, where he met Jessica. After meeting Jessica they fled the jungles to come to Holcomb farm where they intend to continue pursuing their paths of becoming organic farming jedi’s. Justin is also a country/western musician and Tai Chi fanatic.
Megan was born in the hills of Virginia where she helped her mother in the gardens. Youthful when she arrived and since has returned to the bushy hills of Granby. After years of health care experience she found true love buried deep in the earth, the treasure of farming. This is Megan’s second season and returns this year as crew chief. Megan is also in the study massage sorcery and yogic arts and crafts.
Emma started her farming career right here at Holcomb, as an intern 10 years ago. Since then, she has worked at several different farms in many different positions from field worker to farm manager, her longest stint being 3 years at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, NY as the field manager. She and Joe O’Grady (Holcomb Farm Manager) met on the East End of Long Island and wherever they go they leave a path of beautiful plants in their wake. Emma enjoys seed-saving, cannning, pickling, drying, and fermenting everything in sight. She also loves to grow tropical edibles and raise armies of chickens to do her bidding.
Jessica, born in Danbury and raised in NY, has been farming around the country for the last 4 years. She most recently moved here from Maui where she was working on a 5 acre permaculture farm and living entirely off mangos. Before that she farmed with cowboys in Austin TX, Lawless renegades in Big Sur CA, and spirit seekers in Talent OR. She was introduced to farming through a study of art and design and has fallen in love with the work and its ability to forge a strong connection with the land and community. She was kidnapped from the jungles of Maui by Justin and is being held captive for copious amounts of sweet tea.
This Pennsylvania boi moved to Granby from Northampton, MA, having discovered his passion for living with the land in New Lebanon, NY and Havana, Cuba, thus turning his back on a promising career as a young model. When he’s not ‘in the field,’ you can find him practicing qigong or yoga, or perusing Caribbean literature. In addition to English, Everett speaks (with some degree of fluency) both Spanish and the international language of dance. He is a recent recipient of the coveted 2014 Best Dressed Vegan in Northampton 1st place award.
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