Meet the farmers

The Cloverleaf Farm

The Cloverleaf is a lucky farm!  The Cloverleaf is on land leased from Collins Farms, a larger farm growing asparagus.  The Collins Farm has rented the Cloverleaf an orchard, a farmstand set up, and assists in some of the things that new farmers often struggle with (irrigation and tractor equipment, primarily).  Thank you Rich and Shelly for helping the Cloverleaf get past the hurdles of getting started!

Emma Torbert

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Emma began farming in the cold bluster of New Hampshire but discovered that California weather produces tasty tomatoes. Emma got her masters in Horticulture from UCD and worked for the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis for seven years. She has worked on organic farms throughout the US and South America, and dreams to start a co-housing farm one day, complete with vegetables, compost, and goats! This is her eighth year at the Cloverleaf Farm and loves pruning, eating peaches and growing herbs!

Katie Fyhrie

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Katie fell into farming after graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Integrative Biology by following her love of plants, sunshine, and digging in the dirt—and couldn’t be happier about it! She graduated from the California Farm Academy at the Center for Land Based Learning in 2014, and in 2016 from UC Davis with a Master’s in Horticulture & Agronomy.  Katie is passionate about redefining agricultural sustainability through the integration of native plants and wildlife habitat into our food system, drawing inspiration from the long history of extensive and careful management of California’s native plants and ecosystems by native people.  She believes that respecting, learning, and integrating indigenous land management principles is a crucial element to begin healing the social and ecological wounds caused by colonization and intensive agriculture.  She highly encourages you to leave our website immediately and go read Kat Anderson’s Tending the Wild and Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer!

Kaitlin Oki

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Kaitlin began farming at the Cloverleaf upon graduating from UC Davis with a Bachelors in Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems in 2017. Kaitlin’s interest in farming takes root in her observation that the average person’s relationship with their food is both broken and traumatic, accompanied by ramifications that impact their body, lifestyle, culture, politics and planet. She aspires to create opportunities for everyday people to heal from the trauma imposed by systems of oppression and reclaim their relationship with food, farmers, community and environment.

Yurytzy Sanchez

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Yurytzy is currently a senior at UC Davis and is in her second year at the Cloverleaf. She really likes goats and her favorite fruits are melons and cucumbers. She enjoys eating cucumbers with salt, hot flakes and lemon on top. Her favorite tasks on the farm include weeding and harvesting peaches. Yurytzy enjoys the camaraderie that working on a farm builds.  She also really likes memes.

Kyle Chambers

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While pursuing a degree in geology in Tacoma, WA, Kyle began gardening and realized that plants are more interesting than rocks because you can eat them. Several years ago, Kyle gave up his burgeoning career as a dirtbag river guide and switched to farming full-time. He interned on a small farmstead and goat paradise in the Capay Valley and has a certificate in Ecological Horticulture from UCSC’s Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. If Kyle’s not at the farm he’s probably busy working on his posture, swimming, playing guitar, or at another farm.

Mousse:

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Mousse was the first Cloverleaf farm dog, now joined by Bean dog as well! Mousse’s principle role at the farm is lizard and human patrol — if you are approaching unannounced you may hear a warning bark. Mousse’s hobbies include chasing rabbits, chasing hawks, chasing turkeys, rolling in compost and sunbathing. He gets tuckered out after a long day at the farm.

Alumni Farmers: 

Sasha Klein

Sasha is a graduate of UC Davis where she studied International Agricultural Development with a focus in crop production. She first got her hands down in the dirt while living in Northern Thailand researching sustainable farming practices. Sasha spent five seasons working for the UCD Student Farm growing fresh fruits and veggies for staff and students. She loves to talk about food, eat food, grow food and generally geek out on anything that she can eat. Sasha also works for the Farmer Veteran Coalition in their small grants program. In the future, Sasha hopes to own an apple orchard specializing in heirloom American varietals and traditional American hard cider.

 

Aubrey White

Aubrey has been spiraling towards a farm venture for some time.  Beginning as a master gardener in Los Angeles, Aubrey fought for land in inches rather than acres.  She completed a master’s degree in Community and Regional Development at UC Davis, focusing on science communication and sustainable agriculture.  She is proud to have helped design curriculum for their new undergrad degree in Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems.  Her farm work has included serving as a TA at the UC Davis student farm and Langwater Farm in Massachusetts.  When not digging in the dirt, Aubrey works as a science communicator at the Agricultural Sustainability Institute (www.asi.ucdavis.edu), keeps up a blog about small farm tech innovations (well, coming soon…www.urbanhonking.com/smartfarm), and hangs out with her chickens.

Marisa Alcorta

Marisa has worked in agriculture and farmed since undergraduate days when she was co-farm-manager for the Dilmun Hill Student Farm at Cornell. She flips between working for agricultural non-profits helping farmers be more profitable, and dives back into farming when she’s sick of being at a desk. Her non-profit ventures include helping small farmers in Appalachia access new marketing channels, and working to launch the Austin Downtown Farmers Market. Now she works  for NCAT and the ATTRA project (www.attra.ncat.org) helping minority and beginning farmers with business planning, organic production and marketing. In between she apprenticed on a couple of farms in California and got her Master’s degree in Horticulture with a focus in Viticulture from UC Davis. Marisa received her Permaculture Design Certificate from RDI in February and hopes to integrate some permaculture into the farm design. In her spare time, she likes to run, read, cook good food, and hang out with fascinating people.

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  1. Holly

     /  February 20, 2012

    Good luck ladies! I wish you success and great fun as you begin this venture. It sounds amazing. Holly Lewis (Ben’s mom)

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    • Thank you Holly! We hope to keep you updated with lots of pictures and stories. Come visit again soon and this time you can see the farm! xo marisa

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  2. To Sasha: Let’s talk old varietals of apples sometime. Also, I’m looking for Glen (old co-worker) to talk about everything farm, and maybe space habitats and the all-recycling house. – Paul Turner

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  3. Charlie Reid

     /  May 6, 2017

    Emma, nice to see you are still growing things in the garden, I am still here in NH doing my Organic growing in the cold damp spring we are having, keep in touch, Charlie, charliereid@ttlc.net

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