After decades of conservation work, we became interested in work that was restorative and had the potential to create positive outcomes rather than just limit bad ones...
and so we bought a farm.
Home on the Farm
“If anything can save the world, I’d put my money on Beauty”
We view farming as a symphony of life-affirming patterns, taking care to nurture the biotic community resident in our soils, orchestrating the succession of crops each one benefitting from its predecessor, and taking Diversity as our guiding principle.
Meet the Team
“It’s all done with people” (Wavy Gravy)
Farming is, as they say, a job outdoors. No matter hot summer days or wet cold wintery ones, every day on the farm has its (almost) endless To-Do List. Farming organically adds another dimension of art and science to that list. The Front Porch Crew handles it all…with hard work, grace, and (usually) good humor.
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Peter and Mimi
Mimi and Peter started farming organic blueberries in 2009 at Riverbend Farm in Oregon. In 2010 they acquired Front Porch Farm, formerly a vineyard, and began to build a farm guided by the principle that diversity is nature’s basic pattern. They have shared work experiences in business, design, education, and conservation in both the USA and Europe.
Johnny is the Farm’s manager and oversees all aspects of the farm. He loves the intersection of ecology, business, community and beauty that the farming lifestyle provides, and is very pleased to be farming with such a talented, engaged and passionate team.
Acorn Ranch Manager
Tommy manages Acorn Ranch and is in charge of the livestock program for Front Porch Farm. A true land steward, Tommy seeks to find an ecological balance between animal, human, rangeland, and watershed. Although fully committed to his animals, Tommy would usually prefer to be fishing a cold trout stream, with an even colder beer.
Lead Flower Grower
A true farmer florist, Zoe not only manages the cultivation of the Farm’s 2.5 acre cut flower garden but also heads up the design team, creating arrangements for brides and flower shops throughout the Bay Area. When not busy managing all things floral at the farm, Zoe coaches the farm’s softball team and puts on dance parties in the packing shed.
After a career in the art world, Patrick came to the farm as an intern in 2015 and quickly moved into sales and packing shed responsibilities. He now heads up all produce, grain and fruit sales on the farm and loves interacting with all of the farm's customers. Patrick is a great cook, and helps keep the crew well nourished during our group lunches.
Emil began farming in high school and joined the Front Porch team in 2015. She manages the greenhouse and nursery at the farm and during slow propagation times, you can also find her in the flower fields helping Zoe. She is also the farm’s best dressed, and helps the team maintain a high level of farm fashion.
Ali is the do-all person on the farm. From watching over the farm’s books, to helping keep the farm shop stocked and organized, to creating arrangements for the farm center, Ali can and does do it all. She loves the beauty of the farm and sharing it with her 3-year-old daughter, Lucy. She also keeps Johnny on task (they’re married).
Assistant Flower Grower
Working as the Assistant Flower Grower is the perfect combination of Joella’s intrinsic love for farming and botany. After working in various botanical fields including native plant propagation and habitat restoration, she fell in love with flowers and farming. Joella’s sparkling personality brightens everyone’s day.
Livestock Husbandry / Irrigation
Amador is the shepherd on the farm, caring primarily for the farm’s animals. After spending time on a dairy in Humboldt, CA, Amador joined the team in 2015. In addition to his animal husbandry duties, Amador helps harvest, weed and irrigate the farm’s crops. In his spare time, he enjoys watching and playing futbol, and riding horses.
Tractor Driver / Equipment Manager
Tony is the head chef and tractorista on the farm, working with Johnny on the production of our crops. You’ll often see him discing, cultivating, spraying and caring for our diverse production. Along with his brother Jose, he has been cultivating this ground since 2011. Everyone loves Tonio’s sincere nature, can-do attitude and jokes around the farm.
Field Crew Leader
Jose is our field crew leader, heading the harvest and bringing in the crops. He holds many records on the farm including fastest parsley bunch box picked, fastest strawberry box picked and most importantly, longest employee. He takes pride in getting work done quickly and with quality. Jose has 4 young children, all boys, and loves Reggae music.
Jose is part of the Field Crew on the farm, harvesting, weeding and doing whatever needs to get done, always ready and willing to help. He has two children and is very dedicated to his family and his work. After a long career working in the vineyards of Sonoma County, he is very happy to be on the farm, working diverse tasks and living a healthy lifestyle.
Chief Security Officer
Hilde is the farm’s Chief Security Officer. She’s proven herself adept at working with the local coyotes, raccoons, bobcats and assorted chicken and lamb lovers. Hilde is also responsible for insuring everyone on the farm feels loved.
Botanist, master stone mason, compost guru, arborist, contractor, teacher, beekeeper, and general all-around shaman describe just a portion of Arthur's skills and interests. Curious about the Inca civilization or plants of the Amazon? Just ask Arthur. On the farm, we know that we will learn something and be inspired by almost any conversation with Arthur.