Oona Coy co-owns the farm with Ben. Watch her seed a flat of tomatoes with a baby on her shoulder and a four-year-old between her legs. Then watch her worry about how scrawny the tomato plants look. Then watch her fall asleep reading astrology books. Now watch as she takes a bite of the tomato and claims she was never worried about it at all.
Ben James co-owns the farm with Oona. He is especially fond of the word plot.
Ellie is fun! Ellie likes to talk! Ellie managed a 5 acre farm in rural CT last season but she craved the city life so now she's in Northampton with us, and we feel lucky. She got her farming start at Drumlin Farm in eastern Massachusetts after deciding that med school was not for her.
Some of you might know Mike. He's a Northampton boy, and we were lucky to have him on our crew a couple of years ago for part of the season. We called him "the fast guy" back then. Now he's working closely with Ben on tractors and greenhouses. You might think he's shy, but then you see him smile. Mike's worked on a bunch of different farms -- he picked blueberries to country music at the Tobin Family Farm, milked cows at Sidehill Farm last season, and did the Practical Farmer Training Program at the Farm School a few years back.
Craig might not be able to tell a pepper plant apart from a tomato plant yet, but he's no stranger to physical labor. His last job was out in Idaho fighting forest fires which meant a lot of breaking apart small smoldering fires with a hoe. He was also a competitive skier for years. We appreciate his curious mind, and we're impressed that he's biking to work from Ashfield two mornings a week.