"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.
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.
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.
Natalie became passionate about food and farming after reading Michael Pollen’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma her freshman year of college.
She graduated with B.As in Video Production and Philosophy from Belmont University, spent a few years working in the film industry, then quickly realized she would rather be working for the local food movement. Natalie managed The Barefoot Farmer CSA from 2015-2019 and spent a year interning on the farm. Natalie is currently the coordinator for the TN Local Food Summit, an annual conference that promotes a sustainable, community-based food system for Middle Tennessee. Natalie spends her time in the garden, or practicing/teaching Iyengar Yoga in her rural community.
Hailey Manus grew up farming with her grandparents on the West Family Farm in Pleasant Shade, TN. Her background in farming includes heirloom seed practices, composting, and goat and cattle care. Hailey recently graduated from the University of Tennessee with degrees in Communications and Entrepreneurship. While at UTK, she focused on sustainable, slow, and rural tourism practices as well as nonprofit startups. After graduation and moving back home she was delighted to join a team of people who are also passionate about keeping our community clean, sustainable, and full of delicious produce!
Katherine grew up in Franklin, Tennessee where she discovered her passion for agriculture in her own backyard garden. A lover of animals, she had her first official experience raising livestock during an OEFFA internship at Fox Hollow Farm in rural Ohio. After graduating with a B.A. in Biology from Brooklyn College, she spent two years working at GrowNYC, where she focused on zero waste initiatives and managed farmer's markets. She escaped the hustle of New York City and moved upstate to apprentice at Hawthorne Valley Farm in the Hudson Valley where she gained a deeper appreciation for agroecology, rotational grazing, and organic dairy systems. She is excited to be at Caney Forks working firsthand in regenerative agriculture in her home state!
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.