Copy of Farm Team
Marjie & Geoff
Marjie Findlay and Geoff Freeman purchased the farm in 2010 with the intention of keeping its land in agricultural production and restoring the farm as a place where people can connect with land, their food, and their farmer. Marjie has an interest in sustainable agriculture and farm-based education, and is committed to increasing access to healthy food. She can frequently be seen with the field crew or leading a hunt for tomato horn worms. Geoff is a retired architect of college and university libraries, and is now having an absolute blast designing structures like mobile chicken coops, our timber-frame farm stand, and our many ongoing historic barn improvements.
Andrew Rodgers, Farm Manager, grew up in Newton, MA and studied English at UMass, Amherst where he met his wife, Diana. After working in market research, Andrew learned about how much positive impact sustainable farming can have on the environment and decided to shift his career path to farming in 1999. Prior to joining Clark Farm as Farm Manager in 2011, he spent over 13 years gaining farming and management experience at various farms in the New England region, including Stearns Farm, Meadow Brook Farm, and most recently, Green Meadows Farm. With his knowledge of farming and passion for organics, Andrew has given new life to Clark Farm.
Frank Proctor, Project Manager, is an extraordinary finish carpenter and builder of all things. After managing a variety of construction projects in the area for over 30 years, Frank has organized and directed all of the building-related changes involved in Clark Farm's rejuvenation. Together with Geoff, and a great team of subcontractors, Frank completed the renovations of the historic 1850 barn, CSA room and farmhouse, constructed the mobile chicken coops, and managed the building of our new farm stand. We all say we'd be lost without him.
After Andrew, Kyle ‘El Chapo’ Bonenfant is the longest standing farmer at Clark Farm. He started working at Clark Farm when he was just eleven years old. He has gone from working three mornings a week as a Young Farmer crew member, to helping harvest in the mornings with the professional farming crew, to working as a full-time farmer. As well as operating all the tractors, Kyle is now the daily leader of our Young Farmer. In 2018, Kyle started his own side business, Fraser Farm Goatscaping.
Mary Liz Veling
Mary Liz moved to Massachusetts and joined the Clark Farm as the Assistant Manager in December 2016. After studying forestry in undergrad, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in northern Ghana where she quickly fell in love with the lifestyle that is farming. Before joining Clark Farm, Mary Liz apprenticed in Santa Cruz, California and worked on several CSA and market farms in Pennsylvania. Her off-farm life consists of hiking and traveling as much as possible with her husband. Originally from South Carolina, her long-term goal is to start her own small farm in the southeast.
After working at Clark Farm as a work-for-share for two years, Meridith joined the full-time crew in 2018. Working at Clark Farm has not only satisfied a lifelong curiosity about farming but has also elevated her appreciation for high quality food. When she is not working on the farm, Meridith can be found hanging out with her family, hiking her dogs, or experimenting in the kitchen. Meridith loves her job and only regrets it took this long to get into farming.
Britt joined the crew in summer 2016 while she was working at Urban Outfitters as a Visual Merchandiser. She originally started out as a work for share, working one day a week. In the early spring of 2017, she made the career shift to farming and has been full time farming since. Britt is originally from Southwick, her favorite farm activity is bottle feeding lambs and her spirit vegetable is garlic.
Javier’s bio here…
Karen (and Gracie)
Chase and Fly
Chase and Fly bios…