One of the best things about farming is the amazing people you get to work alongside.
We have an phenomenal team of hardworking people at Toluma Farms.
Laura Freeman, who designed our beautiful new logo (see above) has been at
Toluma Farms for over 2 years and continues on as Assistant Herd
Manager and artist.
Hanna Hart, past Herd Manager, moved on from her position to learn more about cheese making. She is currently interning at Monteilet Fromagerie in Walla Walla, WA. She will return to Toluma Farms to share all that she learned.
Cory Brush has been at Toluma Farms for over a year now as the Facilities Manager and milker. Due to Cory the kids have a nice warm barn and the property has a fence that protect the herd for the next 100 years.
Jen Elson volunteered with the kids throughout the Spring and then started as a milker this summer. Jen commutes from SF for her shifts, which demonstrates her commitment to the goats.
Eric Butler is the new Herd Manager at the Farm. Eric studied Agriculture at UC Davis, worked on several organic cow dairies and grew up with a herd of goats. In the two months of Eric's management the farm has already benefited tremendously. Eric is committed to improving the genetics of the herd and ensuring that the farm is financially sustainable. Eric brought his small herd of Limousin Cattle to the farm. The girls have had three beautiful calves this summer.
In the last year the farm had some fantastic apprentices. Jenn Rogge was the Fall 09 apprentice. She was a graduate from UC Davis. Jenn found and set up a computer program to assist us in managing the herd data. Luke Fajardo, (winter '10 apprentice) came to Toluma from PA and brought a great deal of knowledge with him. Thanks to Luke we have a beautiful chicken trailer. Ashley O'Lear (UC Davis student and summer '10 apprentice) has been milking goats and assisting many projects around the farm.
This Fall the farm will welcome apprentice Wendy Hurtado who is a recent graduate from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
David Jablons and Tamara Hicks, are in their 8th year of making Toluma Farms an environmentally and financially sustainable farm.