Faces of the Farm
This trio is seen a lot at Clark Farm and they are usually smiling. From left to right is Marjie Findlay, Frank Proctor and Geoff Freeman. Behind Geoff is their trusty companion, Katie the black lab. Frank is a finish carpenter and has a shop at Clark Farm. Among other things he has laid a new floor in the barn, re-shingled the barn siding, added doors to the outbuildings and done some finish cabinetry in the house. Geoff, a recently retired architect of college and university libraries, is now designing mobile chicken coops and loving it. Fortunately, Frank is versatile in his talents and can build the Clark Farm roosting and nesting coops. Marjie has an interest in sustainable agriculture and farm-based education, but when seen on the farm is usually being entertained by all these guys having fun.
Andrew Rodgers is the Farm Manager at Clark Farm. He grew up in Newton, Massachusetts and was an English Major at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he met his wife, Diana. After working in the corporate world doing market research, he learned about Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) and decided to shift his career path to become a farmer. He went back to UMass, this time to get a Master's Degree in Soil Science.
In 2003, Andrew became the farm manager at Green Meadows Farm in Hamilton, MA. There, he created an organic CSA and raised pastured sheep, chickens and pigs. The farm grew and in the winter of 2012, Andrew was offered the opportunity to rejuvenate Clark Farm. He hopes to create a community asset, a place where adults and children can have a connection to where their food comes from.
Diana Rodgers grew up in Southampton, NY and met Andrew in college where she studied Art Education. She oversees the website and other special projects on the farm. Diana has a genuine interest in nutrition and is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. In her private practice, Radiance Nutritional Therapy, she helps people achieve optimal health through nutrient dense foods. She is also a contributing writer for Paleo Magazine and the Nutrition Consultant to CrossFit Boston, CrossFit Woodshed and Cape Ann CrossFit. She is the mom to Anson and Phoebe and loves to cook and read about food. Her book, "Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts on the Go" will be available August 6, 2013.
Kristen grew up in northern Kentucky, but her heart has always been in the northeast--she trained at the school for Boston Ballet for many years, so this has been home for some time. After working for a clean technology startup in San Francisco most recently before coming to Clark Farm, she moved to nearby Littleton in January 2013 and looks forward to all her second year of farming in Carlisle is sure to bring. Kristen hopes to have her own farm someday with her husband, Charley, and dog, Comiskey, and has a passion for bringing about change in our food system at the community level. She recently changed her favorite vegetable from asparagus to kale, with artichoke ranking in the top three.
Elio Noe is one of our MESA interns and comes from a small town called Choquecancha near Cusco City in Peru. He is a farming student in Peru and came to Clark Farm for the 2013 season to learn more about how sustainable farming operations work in America. He started farming when he was 6 years old by helping his father. In Peru, Elio grows many different types of potatoes, corn and vegetables. He is looking forward to bringing back all of the skills he is learning here and helping his family improve their farm back in Peru. He is also a very tallented soccer player, so if you're looking for someone to fill in on your league this summer, let him know! His favorite vegetable is the potato.
Marco Antonio Aguilar is also from Peru and is spending his second season working with Andrew (he worked at Green Meadows Farm a few years back). He says he’s worked on his family’s farm since he was three years old, which is 3300 meters above sea level. He grows potatoes, corn, quinoa, amaranth, elm, mashua, peas, beans, wheat, barley and many other crops. He studied Agricultural Engineering at the University of San Antonio Abad del Cuco. He loves coming to America to learn more about soil sciences, crop production and the different species of vegetables we grow. His favorite vegetable is the beet.
Chasidy Jaquith is a Carlisle local and attends Minuteman High School where she studies Biotechnology. She has been working on the farm for two years, most enjoys working closely with our livestock, and loves being outdoors. She is looking forward to starting college this fall, where she plans to study Sustainable Agriculture. Her future plans after completing her undergraduate degree include running her own diversified farm modeled after Clark Farm, with a pastured livestock operation in addition to organic vegetable production. Chasidy's favorite vegetable is the Japanese White Turnip.
Whitney Nash has always been interested in growing vegetables having not allowed her parents to pass a seed display without trying to get them to buy something new to experiment with. Additionally, the farms abundant animal stock has allowed her to tend to a far greater population than would have ever fit into her backyard, much to the relief of her parents and brother. Whitney speaks some Spanish having lived and gone to school in Guatemala for her 5th grade year in addition to annual trips since she was four years old. When there, she frequently volunteers at an infant malnutrition center and charity vegetable distribution program. These experiences, along with her work at Clark Farm, have helped her to understand the close connection between the food we grow and a healthy life. She enjoys singing in the Carlisle Community Choir, lacrosse, team swimming, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking in NH. As a lifelong resident of Carlisle, Whitney Nash will be entering the Concord Carlisle High School as a Freshman in the Fall.
James lives in Carlisle and this is his first year farming. He works here part time and loves working with the animals, but says he loves everything about farming. His favorite vegetable is the tomato (which technically is a fruit).
John Storer and his trusted companion have been very busy building farm roads and working on other big projects.
Chase is a working Border Collie who helps on the farm by herding the sheep and goats. He is very friendly.