"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.
Christina's entrance to the field of agriculture has slowly built up over the years. At a young age, culinary creation inspired her. In her teens, the sight of farms was something that brought her joy. While earning her B.A. in Environmental Studies at SUNY Potsdam, she focused her degree on sustainable food systems and practices. She gained her first growing experience interning in the campus' garden and greenhouses before launching her farming career as an agricultural educator at Sprout Creek Farm. Falling in love with the physicality of farming, she spent time working as a field hand on farms in Florida and New York before moving West to join the Caney Fork team. In the future, Christina hopes to manage her own farming operation and to publish a signature cookbook.
Anna hails from the Washington, DC area, where her love of the great outdoors and her involvement with activism led to a passion for food justice and sustainable food systems. Anna has been working on dairy and vegetable farms since graduating high school, and she received a degree in Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in Agriculture from the University of Maryland. With a soft spot in her heart for cattle, chickens, and heirloom beans, she is excited to work with the vegetable team at Caney Fork Farms to produce food that nourishes both people and planet.