Meet the Farmers
Andie is a baby farmer and the newest member of the EBCF crew. 2020 was their first season farming, and they quickly fell in love with the garden and developed a growing interest in medicinal plants. Andie was born and raised in New York City, but has always loved getting their hands in the soil and feels most at home surrounded by trees and plants. They come to EBCF from a background in arts education and maintain their own film and visual art practice in their free time, inspired by the nonhuman life and environment in and around the farm. They are excited to keep learning about and practicing regenerative agriculture techniques, land stewardship, and herbal medicine.
Anthony's arrival at farming was slow, but a long time coming. Farming skipped a generation in anthony's family, yet he was raised outdoors and with deep awe for the beautiful and threatened earth systems we all depend on. After earning a degree in biological and agricultural engineering from UC Davis, anthony finally turned towards agriculture, rather than engineering, as his core craft. Along the way he has worked in a soil biology lab, farmed small-scale vegetables and dairy in Virginia, and completed an apprenticeship on an urban CSA farm in Washington DC. In 2020, ready to farm full-time, anthony joined EBCF with special interest in food justice and seed stewardship. He believes that agriculture well practiced can guide us to reciprocal relationship with the ecologies that so generously support us, while building a well-nourished and resilient community around us.
Cicada has been with East Brook Community Farm since Spring 2018: first as a new farmhand under the mentoring of Sarah and Rachael, then as the marketing manager and face of the farm at the farmers markets. This season, she is working to expand the cut flower offerings of the farm while still attending the farmers markets. Originally from Colorado, she toured communities and farms up and down the East Coast from 2016-2018 looking for farms on which to live and work. She first visited EBCF in November 2016 and a year later decided to make the move. She enjoys writing poetry and participating in the Bright Hill Literary Arts Center's Word Thursdays, working on her collaged oracle deck, learning about the many plants with which we share this land, and playing board games.
Chamomile is our sweet marmalade cat. He is cuddly, skittish, and a little awkward. He loves to have his tummy rubbed but will suddenly attack your hand if you are not gentle. Do not feed him if he begs for food - he is not in distress. He is a great farm cat and hunts little critters who chomp on our vegetables.
Ryn has been coming around EBCF since 2019, at first as seasonal help, but now as a full-time resident and farmer managing the animal husbandry programs. Ryn grew up in the sterile suburbs of Maryland, but as an act of adolescent rebellion re-turned towards community, their hands and the earth. They farmed in the Ozarks, Berkshires, and the Adirondacks before calling the Catskills home. Rin is passionate about providing animals with a good and healthy life both to provide good and healthy food for humans as well as to promote a good and healthy ecosystem. When not caring for animals you can often find Rin tinkering in the shop, working on infrastructure or building small, well made and beautiful objects.