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 10 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. Malaika studied sustainable agriculture at Hampshire College in Amherst Massachusetts and apprenticed on organic vegetable and dairy farms in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Vermont, Ecuador and Costa Rica. Before starting Roots to River farm she managed The Journey's End CSA in Sterling, Pennsylvania for two years. She's so happy to be back home in Bucks County putting down some roots. Literally.
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. They aim to be good stewards of the property and have grand plans for vision of the farm.
This is Kat's 4th 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!
Phoenyx joined the crew mid-season last year and has been an amazing part of our team. Phoenyx has a passion for food and wellness, and farming is a perfect extension to their interests. Phoenix adapted well to the craziness of farming even while arriving right in the middle of tomato season!