Originally from the fertile land surrounding Decorah, Iowa, agriculture has been a passion of Collin's for many years. He has been involved in small-scale diversified agriculture as a farmer, builder, educator, researcher, volunteer, and consultant. He has worked on farms around the world, most recently serving as part of the management team of a four-season organic vegetable farm in NE Iowa. In addition to his growing experience, he has worked with a high tunnel manufacturing company that offers season extension technologies and systems, as well as services that support four-season growing. His experiences have provided him with a global perspective and a local approach when it comes to sustainable food production.
"Eating is an agricultural act," says Wendell Berry. Abbey has been teaching people about the connections between food, health, and local economies for the past six years. As education coordinator at the North Farm, she works with people of all ages who are curious about where their food comes from and want to learn more about how it is produced. She is a curator for the Lexicon of Sustainability and a seed saver in the Community Seed Resource Program for Seed Savers Exchange. Abbey returned to the U.P. in 2010 after the Iowa Writers' Workshop and started sharecropping in order to put down money on land of her own. She lives in Marquette, where's she's trying out urban agriculture, likes to read and write, and loves to eat good food in good company.
Allison developed a love for food at an early age cooking in the kitchen with her family. This passion then blossomed into a career in farming after four years at Michigan State University, where she earned a Bachelor's in Sustainable and Organic Horticulture. Allison has worked on several farms throughout Michigan, and her love for the Mitten State brought her all the way to Chatham, where she aids in management of the vegetable production at the North Farm. Some of her favorite crops to grow include hot peppers, carrots, ginger, culinary herbs and Hakurei turnips. When she's not playing in the soil, Allison enjoys hiking through the woods, cooking food with her friends, attending concerts and comedy shows, and reading under trees.
Probably the hardest working of the entire crew, this friendly pup is primarily interested in the rodents of the farm. He has experience on farms all over the country and is excited to be at The North Farm, exploring a whole new rabbit and mouse population.