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" available August 6, 2013.
Kristen Cummings, CSA Manager, 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 is now a proud resident of Carlisle and enjoying all her second year of farming has brought with it. 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.
Ronald Herrera Sanchez is the son of rice farmers from Guayas, a northeast province of Ecuador. He left home at age 17 to study agriculture and recently completed his Master’s Degree, focusing his research on using organic growing practices and crop diversification to transform the relationships between natural resources and commerce within the Ecuadorian agrarian landscape. Ronald also volunteers for a nonprofit called Hauyra Causay, an organization dedicated to educating and encouraging youth in both the rural and urban sectors to build agricultural production systems that are socially just and environmentally responsible. We are thrilled to have Ronald and his winning smile on our crew this season, particularly since he’s also joined by his better half, Maria Rosa!
Maria Rosa Yumbla Mantilla grew up in Quito, Ecuador, and visited her grandmother's family farm often, in northern Ecuador. Her undergraduate studies brought her to Chile, where she focused on Agronomy and Agribusiness. Her Master's Degrees are in Agro-Ecology (completed in Spain), and Rural Development (completed at home in Ecuador), and in 2007, she founded Huayra Causay. The nonprofit organization has hosted young people from six different international countries as well as locally, from Ecuador, and offers comprehensive training in sustainable agriculture. Maria Rosa plans to have her own organic farm in the future, while also teaching at the university in Quito. Her ongoing research studies the effects that conventional monoculture agribusinesses have on both the environment and social issues in Ecuador.
A Concord native, Will Troy grew up off of Monument Street and attended Middlesex High School. Now returning home with a new appreciation for the area after seven years away, Will is very excited to dive head first into the Eastern Mass agricultural community. After getting an Anthropology degree from Colorado College, Will discovered farming and the rest has been history.
Annie Petersen always had an interest in agriculture. Raised on an old family farm in Concord, Annie grew up caring for animals and helping to maintain a small roadside farm stand. After studying design in college, she is returning to her farming roots. Annie also teaches vinyasa and restorative yoga nearby, hoping someday to combine her love of yoga and farming.
Chasidy is a Carlisle local and recently graduated from Minuteman High School where she studied 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.
Whitney has always been interested in growing vegetables. In fact, she has never allowed her parents to pass a seed display without persuading them buy something new to experiment with. Whitney speaks Spanish, as she lived and went to school in Guatemala for her 5th grade year, in addition to annual trips since she was four years old. When there, Whitney volunteers at an infant malnutrition center and charitable 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, playing lacrosse, team swimming, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking in NH. As a lifelong resident of Carlisle, Whitney now attends Concord Carlisle High School.
James lives in Carlisle and this is his second 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).
Jon 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.