"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.
Gabrielle Hathaway’s love of the natural world started at a young age in the fields, woods, and frog-filled ponds of Fairfield, Iowa. She found her life passion at 15 while milking cows at her neighbors farm, Radiance Dairy, which was a local, organic, and pasture-based operation. Pursuing a degree in Dairy Science at Iowa State University led her to California State University, Chico where the conversation around regenerative agriculture was much louder. After receiving her degree in Animal Science with minors in Sustainability and Agriculture, plenty of internships and workshops, and a few road trips down the California Coast, she left the west coast for Tennessee. Gabrielle has been regeneratively managing the livestock at Caney Fork Farms since 2016 and has seen incredible improvements to the land over the years. When she’s not in the field or slinging meat at the farmers market, you can find her on the river with her dog or in her home garden with her chickens, cats, ducks, snakes, etc.
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.
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!
“We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption, that what is good for the world will be good for us. And that requires that we make the effort to know the world and learn what is good for it.”
― Wendell Berry, The Long-Legged House