There are lots and lots of people who work on this farm, planting, harvesting, weeding, washing, packing, working the soil, irrigating the crops and on and on.  In 1994 there were 5 people: David and Barb Perkins and their three children Jesse, Eric and Becky.  Nineteen years later the 5 of us are still farming (Becky is cooking for the crew), along with many other people.

2013 Crew

2013 Crew

Front row: David (most often seen on a tractor driving some implement through the fields), Brian (he’ll do whatever needs to be done), Chris (the guy to call when something needs fixing), Jonnah (organizes and coordinates all that passes through the office),  Jesse (moving irrigation, coordinating mechanical transplanting, and much else on the tractor)

Top row: Eric (keeping all that flows through the packing shed organized), Barb (coordinates the crews and keeps everyone busy), Elisabeth (patiently leading crews), Rosalyn (we expect a lot of our newest crew member), Clara (if it has to be done fast, call in Clara)

Check out the About Us page on our website for individual bios.

This crew of Cambodian Americans has been working with us for 10 years.  They work full time seasonally and have become an important part of this farm.  This group of people came to the United States as refugees after the Vietnam War.  They settled in Madison in the 1980’s.  As an agrarian group of people, working with the land and with vegetables is a perfect fit.  Many are family and all of them are a tight knit community.   Some speak English, some don’t.   They work hard, laugh a lot and get a lot of big jobs done fast.

The Cambodian Crew

The Cambodian Crew

There are 40 people who come out to the farm each week for four hours and work for their Standard Share.   They don’t come all at once but are spread out Monday through Friday, morning and afternoon.  Some are new this season, many are returning from previous seasons.  They harvest, bag, band, wash, sort, and help out with just about everything.

Worker Shares

Worker Shares