We think it's important to know where our food comes from and that includes know the folks involved in growing it! Here is a bit about our full time garden team, but everyone here at Philadelphia Community Farms plays a part in growing the food we produce.
Head Farmer, PCF Co-worker
Born and raised on a family farm in Michigan, Carter finds his heart’s home outside and in the fields. He relocated to Minnesota in high school and later earned an A.A. degree in Environmental Analysis from Vermillion Community College in Ely. After more than a decade of tree planting around the country, Carter and his family settled on a hobby farm near Grand Rapids, MN. He has worked as a Waldorf School gardening teacher and wilderness survival mentor before diving into the world of community supported agriculture. Carter's CSA experience includes creating fruit/berry shares. After a year in Belize with his family, he moved to Philadelphia Community Farm in 2004 where he managed the barnyard and established the orchards and berry patches. He subsequently operated his own CSA, which was a collective model that supported multiple farmers by distributing shares of produce, dairy, bread, eggs, coffee, meat/poultry and more. Carter returned to PCF in 2014 upon the retirement of its founders and continues to blend tradition and innovation through Buttermilk Falls CSA.
CSA Manager, Garden Intern/crew lead
Medha has always loved gardening and being in the dirt. Some of earliest memories are of gardening with her father and grandmothers in Minnesota, India, and Iowa. After visiting an industrial dairy farm at age 10, Medha knew that (a) she had to become a farmer, and (b) she wanted to farm in a way where humans, crops, animals, water, and soil all worked to support each other and the earth. Not just their billfolds. Medha visited PCF twice on trips with Great River School, and it was clear that this was the kind of farming she wanted to live for. In May 2017 she joined the farmily as a Garden Intern, and has now taken over as CSA Manager as well.