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Meet Elise

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Meet Elise

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Elise came to JSF with a lot of experience on organic vegetable farms, as well as other agricultural fields. She is one of the fastest members of our team, and is often seen running from hoophouse to hoophouse. Elise splits her time between wash-pack and home farm harvest, which includes hundreds of pounds of tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, herbs, and specialty crops. She also takes on side projects, and builds vegetable gardens with her partner, based in the Stowe area.

Running the chainsaw was fun,I found it’s a very methodical task that requires a great amount of concentration and intuitive feel, and as with any other skill its very enjoyable and satisfying to see improvement in my practice over time.

Most interesting job experience(s) before JSF : Last fall/ early winter I worked for about 5 weeks with a crew at Trapp Family lodge setting up a sugar woods. We started right at the beginning clearing out brush and trees from around the maples. Running the chainsaw was fun, I found it's a very methodical task that requires a great amount of concentration and intuitive feel, and as with any other skill its very enjoyable and satisfying to see improvement in my practice over time. That's also probably why I like farming/ growing things so much. After that we ran tubes and wires throughout the woods. There were angles, maximum numbers of taps on a line and it was somewhat scientific. All in all I think I got to learn the process very thoroughly in a very short amount of time. Oh, I also used to deliver the newspaper in Jericho, when I was 17 in my little Hyundai accent during a real snowy winter. I got really good at winter driving and I apologize for all those missed boxes.

Interesting hobby or skill : I enjoy painting, acrylics and watercolor mostly. I'm an herbalist, and one of my favorite things to do (especially now in the spring) is go out and identify/ hang out with the plants I've read about in study.

What's up with your family? : I grew up in Essex, VT. My father has always been a handyman/ work for himself kind of guy. Growing up he'd often want me to join him in whatever roofing/ apple tree pruning/ wiring job he was doing at the time and i would throw a huge fit because ugh, work. Obviously something came out of it though as i find myself drawn to outdoor work today. My mom has done lots of neat things in her life, she was an artist, a dairy herdswoman, and now works at Fletcher Allen in the ophthalmology department. Great parents.

What's your favorite job on the farm? : Tomato trellising, its a methodical task requiring concentration, see above. I enjoy feeding the pigs as well, because they are adorable.  

What's your favorite place to work on the farm? I like to work in the greenhouses, its such a contained world in there, and its amazing to see how fast the plants grow. Louise (one of our Harnois hoophouses) is a good example, I was in there picking cucumbers in May, the plants are around 12' tall now, and the summer squashes are just cranking. you can really convince yourself you've just somehow time traveled into late June.

What do you do with your weekends? : I usually come home on Thursday (my Friday) and pass right out until Friday morning. Then I'm ready for a weekend of hiking, swimming and leisure activities around the house. My partner and I are also in the process of incubating a small annuals landscaping project. 

What's your favorite vegetable? : The braising greens are definitely one of my favorites this year. They are so sharp and refreshing when eaten fresh. I love sugarsnap peas, obviously, and the pear shaped cherry tomatoes.

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Meet Diane

Diane began working for JSF in 2012 as the CSA coordinator and greenhouse manager. Before and since coming to JSF, Diane has had the pleasure of working in a variety of facets of the sustainable agriculture industry. She worked at Pleasant Valley Farm (NY) and Intervale Community Farm, where she learned about year round vegetable production. She worked on urban agriculture projects in NYC and NJ, including marketing for BrightFarms, a rooftop hydroponic company. She started an edible landscape business to supplement her farm income, which eventually became Beet Box Farm, a one acre market garden. 

Recently, Diane started a bakery in Jeffersonville called Mtn Seasons, and enrolled in UVM's Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA program. She equates working back at JSF to coming home, and is excited about the multitude of projects she will be working on this summer.

Besides working in the sun, rain, snow or fog with the rest of the field crew, Diane will be helping with our marketing efforts. Her goal is to introduce the CSA members and customers to the staff on a more personal level, and vice versa. She plans to organize recipe tastings, on farm dinners, and teaching events. She also is writing the newsletter and blogs, including staff recipes to show you all how the farmers cook and eat!

Diane likes to fill up her free time with hikes, hammocks, her dog Sam, rock climbing, and exploring. She loves to cook along with the seasons, and is the author of this week's veggie burger recipe!

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Meet Our Staff: Tim

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Meet Our Staff: Tim

This week we’d love for you to meet one of the most integral parts of our team here at JSF-Tim Aube.

Tim has been with the farm for a number of years now, making sure our gears turn, engines chug, and keeping our spirits up.  From laying irrigation lines, to customizing machinery, and installing the entire heating and watering systems for our new greenhouses, Tim can do it all. Not only that, but he and his wife, Holly, still find time to surprise us with delicious, homemade treats to energize us through our long field days. 

Tim, we couldn’t do it without you, and Jericho Settler’s Farm wishes you a very Happy Birthday!

 

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Meet Clark

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Meet Clark

Clark grew up in a rural part of Maryland that was once known as the vegetable basket of the east coast, but he only knew corn and soy to grow there.

During college, while majoring in fine art, he met his connection to Vermont. He moved in with his friend after school and slowly discovered the land that he would come to love. The land has a pervasive beauty from the sky, mountains, lakes, rivers, trees, rocks, and trees holding onto the cliffs by scraggly exposed roots. The culture is welcoming, humble, and proactive. 

Farming is an ancient tradition that John Adams considered a noble pursuit. Clark has found it to be honest work. He describes it as the most physically demanding work he has ever done, but it is satisfied to have accomplished something “by the sweat of one’s brow and the strength of one’s back”.

There has been nary a task on the farm which he has not had his hand in, whether it be weeding, transplanting, animal chores, tractor work, trellising tomatoes, or constructing a hoophouse. Clark has great satisfaction from working with his hands to create and cultivate, whether it be painting, throwing ceramic pots, making furniture, pruning fruit trees, or weeding cabbages.

It is the idea and pursuit of “the good life” that he is following and growing one’s own food and living with the land is a part of that.

Along with the cultivation of the field comes the cultivation of one’s mind. He has been studying art education and will finish his certification this December. He states, "this autumn I will be student teaching in Hinesburg and beginning my career of cultivation young minds, while continuing my career cultivating my own."

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Meet Hannah

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Meet Hannah

This spring, Hannah joined our crew, and is excited to learn and grow with the farm, taking on the oversight of tomato hoophouses and a bustling wash-pack crew. Hannah has worked in agriculture for a decade or so, on vegetable and diversified farms in Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire. She worked at UVM Extension for three and a half years conducting on-farm research and outreach and delivering data-based knowledge to small farmers. In her spare time, Hannah collects jokes, putters away at her own homestead, and hikes as much as possible.

 

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Meet Aimee

Aimee has been in love with plants all of her life, and after daydreaming about doing so for years, got a job on a farm! She's the new wholesale manager, and has been an advocate for knowing where your food comes from and ensuring that it's of the highest quality for years. She got a taste for farming in her first few weeks learning how the seeding, transplanting, weeding and harvesting works. Now she spends the bulk of her time overseeing the wash and pack out of all our produce! She also keeps an eye on cooler organization, and is in touch with our wonderful wholesale customers.  When she is not at the farm you'll probably find her barefoot in the woods exploring with her pup, singing to the plants and herbs in her garden or whipping up some herbal care products for her friends and family. 

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Meet Ray

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Meet Ray

Ray hails from Santa Fe, NM in the arid Southwest. Technically that makes him a “flatlander”, though Santa Fe sits at seven thousand ft. in the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains. Ray ended up in Vermont because his wife Jena is a Duxbury, Vermonter and she wanted to settle in Vermont. They reside in Jericho, and have three wonderful kids.

Ray has worked in the food industry most of his life. He's been a cook, and worked in natural foods out West for Alfalfa’s, and Wild Oats. In Vermont he has worked for Onion River Coop, and Sweet Clover Market. While in Vermont Ray developed a love for gardening, which has blossomed into an interest in organic farming. Which has led him here to JSF.

Ray started last fall washing and packing tons of root vegetables, and greens. He also did a bit of tomato harvesting, as well as egg collection and washing. This spring Christa and Mark have let him out of the barn: seed sowing in the greenhouse,  transplanting in the hoop houses, and in the fields. Yippee! Ray does a little bit of everything, all the while learning about organic farming. Ray has come full circle in the food business having been on both ends of it - first in retail and restaurants, and now in the growing of food. He looks forward to learning more, and possibly having a small farm one day.

 

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Meet Kailey

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Meet Kailey

About to start her third year as a staff member at Jericho, Kailey is the new CSA coordinator for the farm.  She also co-manages the greenhouse- a busy job this time of year!

When she isn’t planning a CSA pick-up, ordering fresh bread and cheese for our settlervore shares, seeding in the greenhouse, or tending the plants in our hoophouses, Kailey enjoys spending her time rock climbing, playing the fiddle, and finding new ways to use up her farm veggies (hopefully this season will include more canning and preserving!)

Kailey has been involved in both agriculture and environmental education, and would love to someday find a way to bring these two passions together…So look out for community and CSA workshops this season that get kids (and kids at heart) out in earth and experiencing nature!  If you stop by the farm and can’t find her in the field, barn, or greenhouse, she might be off fighting the “greenhouse grouch,” or the "hoophouse monsters” with Hazel, the resident “farm kid.”

 

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