Meet the farmers

The Cloverleaf Farm

The Cloverleaf is a lucky farm!  The Cloverleaf is an incubator plot rented from Collins Farms, a larger farm growing berries, asparagus and more.  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

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 currently works for the Agricultural Sustainability Institute. 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 fourth year at the Cloverleaf and combines gardening at N St Cohousing with growing tasty fruits at the Cloverleaf!

Katie Fyhrie

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Katie is a beginning farmer who got her start right here in Davis at Impossible Acres. She 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.  When she isn’t at the farm or hanging out with her chickens at her Davis home, Katie spends most of her time making food and thinking about CA native plants.  Like Emma, she also dreams of building a co-housing farm community that integrates native habitat with farmland to create a landscape that feeds its human inhabitants physically and spiritually, while making plenty of space for non-human residents to thrive.

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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4 Comments

  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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