Earthkeeper Farm Crew
Founder and Farmer
Rachelle grew up in the greater Grand Rapids area. She graduated from University of New England with a bachelor in Sociology, minor in Biology. She started farming in New York state in 2005 on small-scale organic CSA farms. Her farm training included a full season internship, assistant farm manager, CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance of Farmers Training), multiple WWOOF experiences, and many conferences, workshops, and farm visits. In 2008, Rachelle and Andrew started Earthkeeper Farm, with the help of family. Rachelle’s hobbies include growing food, cooking, preserving, and pretty much all things farm and foodie. When she finds an extra minute, she enjoys playing with the kids or taking a nap.
Founder and Farmer
Andrew is originally from the Hudson Valley region of New York State. He graduated from University of New York, Potsdam with a BA in English. Thanks to a childhood filled with building, fixing and tinkering, Andrew is skilled in construction, maintenance, and machine repair. He takes on the task of keeping the farm infrastructure in good repair and working well. Andrew is active on the local DDA, playing a key part in getting the funding for a recent streetscape project. His hobbies include photography, cheese making, fermentation, and baking bread.
Liam, Emery, and Isaac
Official Farm Kids
Our three boys enjoy picking and eating berries, helping wash vegetable, and most of all pressing cider in the fall.
Assistant Farm Manager
Emerging from the overgrown apple orchard, Forrest Joined the crew last year with hopes to tame the beast within. Somehow, he has managed to make his way around the world and back to the farm this season to help take care of the plants, soil, market, grain, and if he finds the time, himself. He enjoys long walks on the beach and sarcastic and ironic humor. Hoping to one day open some sort of establishment involving food, farms, yoga, and plant medicine, Forrest is beyond appreciative of the wealth of information and kindness of Earthkeeper farm. Thanks!!
WWOOFers and Work Exchange Volunteers
Each year we have a bunch of folks come rambling through the farm, spending varying lengths of time helping our learning about farming. There can be anywhere from two to eight people living and volunteering on the farm during the summer months.
CSA Work shares
Work share volunteer Friday mornings in exchange for u-pick vegetables. Its super fun! Contact RACHELLE@EARTHKEEPERFARM.COM for more information.