"My grandfather used to say that once in your life you need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman and a preacher but everyday, three times a day, you need a farmer."
Zach Wolf grew up in Salisbury, Connecticut, farming at Whippoorwill Farm and learning the ins and outs of pasture management. After a degree in Biology from Columbia University and research engagements at Aton Forest Ecological Research Station and The Earth Institute, he went on to manage the Field Operations and Direct the Growing Farmers Initiative at Stone Barns Center. He has facilitated the Farm Beginnings Program at Hawthorne Valley Farm and most recently served as the Director of Farm Operations at Glynwood. Over the past eight years he has engaged as a farm consultant on over 10,000 acres of active farmland throughout the United States. He currently serves as a board member of Demeter USA and as a Research Fellow at The Nature Institute.
Vegetable and Agroforestry Manager
Ranan Sokoloff’s entry into farming was extremely fortuitous. Feeling pulled between the natural world while leading backpacking trips on the Appalachian Trail, and the academic world while pursuing degrees in neuroscience and philosophy at Cornell University, Ranan ultimately stumbled into a summer research position for an agricultural professor. Witnessing the lifestyle of local farmers, their intelligence, connection to the land, and of course the abundance of delicious food, hooked Ranan for good. From that moment he dedicated himself to learning as much as possible about food, working on farms and at restaurants around the country. You'll find Ranan at his happiest with his hands in the soil or roasting a whole animal over an open fire.
Dakota Glueck is an agricultural ecologist dedicated to revitalizing rural economies while healing the land. His interest in agriculture started in China, where he lived for two years after high school, and observed the differences in farming practices between small farmers there, and growers in his native California. These observations drove him to study regenerative farming practices and natural resource management at the University of California, Berkeley. Since completing his degree, Dakota has worked on farms and with farming communities in diverse ecological contexts. Out in the pasture, Dakota loves to connect the health of the grass, of our animals and of the communities we feed. By up holding these values he believes we can protect the natural world, heal the climate and build an equitable economy.
Melissa is a city girl turned farmer. After growing up in Los Angeles she moved away for college and decided to join the gardening club. It didn't take long for her to figure out she had found her field. Throughout college she continued to volunteer and intern at various urban farms and food justice initiatives before receiving a B.S. in Society and Environment from UC Berkeley. After graduating Melissa set out on a trip to Mexico, Guatemala, and Nicaragua to see first hand the roots of agroecological practices. After working on farms in California and Oregon for the next couple of seasons she took a position on the livestock crew at Caney Fork Farms. After a several months Melissa started to spearhead our marketing efforts and eventually grew into our Marketing Manager. Melissa is an integral member of the team whether she is rounding up the flerd or getting our food to local communities!
Gabrielle Hathaway is an animal scientist with a background in pasture-based livestock systems. She built the livestock program on Caney Fork Farms from 2016-2020 with animal welfare, ecological soundness, and meat quality as the central focus. Over the years, she has seen these three pillars become integral to the success of the business as each supports the optimization of the other. Her love of nature and animals brought her to farming at age 15, and the deep meaningful work of regenerative agriculture has been her life’s focus ever sense.
Amber Fuqua was born and raised in a small, rural town on the outskirts of Nashville. After receiving a degree in Environmental Science and Sustainability at Lipscomb University, she interned and worked with two community and food focused nonprofits in Nashville, where she discovered a love for local food and farming by spending her time in community and urban gardens. Looking for a change in scenery and a new type of farming experience, Amber found her way to the vegetable team at Caney Fork Farms where she is now spending her second season. When she’s not in the garden, you can find her running around with her rambunctious Border Collie, Bindi, or on the road in her camper van.