Meet the 2019 Crew!


Malaika Spencer

Owner/Farmer

Malaika is addicted to the tangible rewards of growing good food and the challenges of building healthy ecosystems.  She has been working on farms for 12 years and can't imagine life without muddy boots, fresh tomato sandwiches, long days of weeding and the satisfaction of working with the land to feed her community. See The Story

 

Photo: Melissa Hom

Photo: Melissa Hom

Natalie Hamill and josh perslweig

Blossom Hill Flowers Farmers

Natalie works with the bees to grow and bunch the most amazing bouquets for markets, wholesale and select events. Natalie comes from Princeton, New Jersey with a background in dairy farming. Because the flowers are beautiful and they don't need milking twice a day she is happiest among them picking each stem by hand. Natalie and her husband Josh own the land of Roots to River Farm in Solebury. They aim to be good stewards of the property and have grand plans for vision of the farm.

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Kat gyantar

Market Manager

This is Kat's 7th season at R2R! She fits right in here because she has love for the outdoors, fruits, veggies, wellness, and fitness. Kat has an affinity for discovering what comprises a healthy life. Before finding R2R Kat worked as a preschool teacher and soccer coach. After graduating from Rutgers U in 2012 studying community nutrition, she WOOFed in Costa Rica, volunteering at an organic permaculture farm. In doing this, she learned a lot about plants and decided she wanted to learn much more! It's been a great adventure. In her spare time Kat is the 4-H leader of the children's cooking club of Mercer County- The Junior Master Chefs! Kat Enjoys hiking, cooking, obsessing over rocks and minerals, and making new friends - human or animal. Kat feels very lucky to meet everyone that comes her way at market, CSA, galore!

 

 

Breezy Mehringer

Assistant Manager

This is Breezy's third year on the farm! She joined the R2R crew after exploring and farming in the Hudson Valley region of New York State. She discovered her passion for farming after returning from a year working with an NGO in Bangladesh. Needing space to rejuvenate and longing to do work that was tangible and meaningful, she began volunteering on farms. It wasn’t long after sinking her hands in the soil or sinking her teeth into a freshly picked apple that she realized her life was forever changed. Born and raised in NJ, she is excited to be working her home soils. With the dream of starting a farm of her own, she is so happy to be learning and growing with Malaika, the Roots crew, and the local farming community! When not farming, Breezy enjoys hiking, evening runs, learning new crafts, and cooking up tasty dishes to share with friends

 

 

 

Zainab muhammed

Apprentice

My name is Zainab Muhammad, she/her pronouns. I’m a black queer woman and farmer, gardener, horticulturist coming from the city of Newark nj. Learning more about agriculture and ecology and Adding my contribution to healing Mother Earth and providing healthy and healing foods to marginalized, food insecure BIPOC (Black, indigenous, people or color) and LGBTQIA communities. Food is a right not a privilege.

 

 

 

Shay Pilot

Apprentice

Shay comes from Philadelphia with a background in horticulture, landscaping and forest management. Shay wants to grow the food that feeds his neighbors to build the soil and the community.

 

 

 

Katarina corsino

Apprentice

Katarina is super pumped for her first farming season. She has been in the restaurant industry for the past 7 years and is so happy to finally be outside. Katarina studies culinary arts at eh Culinary Institute of America. After college she went straight toward in the food industry. Katarina would look out the windows all day long dreaming of the sun kissing her skin and feeling soil beneath her feet. She is so grateful that the sun, wind and rain nw grace her with their presence daily. Katarina is excited to learn as much as she can. When not connecting with plants, she enjoys many outdoor activities, cooking delicious vegan meals, playing with her pets and seeing live shows (usually jam bands).

tammy braley

I was born and raised in jersey and have enjoyed farming on both sides of the Delaware over the past few seasons. I love that farming makes a good metaphor for life in its seasons and hardships and joys. Beyond that two quotes capture why i am happy to be learning some more about farming and life with my friends at roots to river:

“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

-Masanobu Fukuoka

“Why do farmers farm? Always the answer is love. They must do it for love." Farmers farm for the love of farming. They love to watch and nurture the growth of plants. They love to live in the presence of animals. They love to work outdoors. They love the weather, maybe even when it is making them miserable. “

-wendell berry

If you are what you eat and if your veggies are grown in love maybe you will know you are loved and be love.

 

Jade Greene

Administrator

Jade Greene has been a Roots to River CSA member since their first year and is thrilled to be a behind the scenes part of the farm, which allows her to utilize her unnatural passion for excel.   Jade has an Environmental Science B.S. from Penn State and loves all things science.  She also loves to read, forage wild plants, crochet, cook vegetarian delights, and take forested adventures.  Jade gets her R2R work done while Kaia, her infant daughter, naps.

 

 

 

Amanda Midkiff

Locust Light Farm Herb Farmer

Amanda's love of herbalism began when she discovered that nettles could relieve her allergies. She has been drinking nettle tea and studying herbalism ever since. She enjoys coaxing the plants from the earth and coaxing the healing properties from the plants. She considers the plants to be her greatest teachers and is looking forward to a lifetime of learning from them. Amanda moved to New Hope in 2013 to lend her energies to the creation of Roots to River Farm During her two years there, she fell in love with the vibrant culture and community of Bucks County. She decided to stay and provide herbal medicine to the community she had grown to love. She started Locust Light Farm 2 years ago and now creates incredible herbal products and provides educational opportunities for the community to learn about herbal medicine and farming. When she's not farming, Amanda enjoys reading and writing poetry, cooking for friends and family, and sipping coffee in diners.

 


Ian Knauer and Shelley Wiseman

The Farm Cooks

Ian and Shelley are the chefs and teachers at The Farm Cooking School which resides on the farm at our Titusville location. The Farm Cooking School is a space where cooks of all levels can come together to learn about and enjoy great food and real community. Ian and Shelley and their crew of amazing chefs and assistants offer cooking classes and dinners on the farm. They take advantage of farm produce to make delicious pantry items and prepared foods available for customers at the Roots to River On-Farm Market. 

 

 

 

Duma

Farm Dog

Sniffer, hunter, cuddler, loud greeter, roller in stinky things, carrot stealer and all around goof ball. 

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Photo: Amy Scott

Photo: Amy Scott