Mike and Esther (Owners)
Michael has owned Licking Creek Bend Farm since 1972. It had a short life as a "diaspora Kibbutz," but after the "city-slickers" returned to the big city, he had grown to love his land and turned seriously to farming. It was only 2 years later that he participated in his first farmers' market in Washington, D.C. Thirty-eight years later, he is still doing what he loves while also staying socially active. His mission is to provide delicious and nutritious food at an affordable price. Esther manages the CSA, works at several markets and takes care of the administrative related tasks while giving Michael all the loving support and advice he needs to keep this beautiful and sustainable operation flowing smoothly.
Charmaine (Farm Manager)
Charmaine spent sixteen years in the non-profit association arena within the Washington DC beltway before becoming a farmer in 2006. Women in farming is a growing demographic she is excited to see flourish. Her role in addition to planting, weeding, pruning, hiring/supervising and being the general house mom to various staff and interns, is to manage production/distribution of CSA's using all the yummy veggies grown on the farm plus fruits from Boyer Nurseries. She even squeezes out time to take a weekly bellydance class for fun. When in the city she hits the ballrooms and clubs for salsa, swing, waltz, etc. She devours anything she can find about health and nutrition. She is learning to play the drums, and she likes to laugh as often as possible.
Justin (6th Season)
Create Harmony through Happiness at Home.
Kyla (3rd Season)
I am from San Diego and came to the farm in 2012. I'm really into identifying plants and edible weeds, so it's my personal goal to know what every plant that grows on the farm property is. Nutritious food that grows without human help fascinates me, so weeds make up a large part of my diet. I love that our farm is in the woods so that I can also find and better know edible wild plants. I have only just begun learning about wild mushroom identification too.
Rachel (2nd Season)
I am from Minnesota and came back again to LCBF before starting school at the University of Minnesota to study Food Systems. My love of fresh air, hard work, and good food attracted me to the farm life. My hobbies include taking overly epic pictures, building gigantic bonfires, and learning new things from the people around her. My favorite herb is dill, with basil being a close second.
Larissa (1st Season)
I'm Larissa the new guy! I'm originally from Florida, but this part of the country has pretty much got me hooked. I decided to get into farming because I take the future, and all the challenges that will come with it, seriously. I want to take productive action to deal with issues of climate change and resource depletion, and part of that is learning the complex set of skills involved in providing food sustainably. In particular, I'm interested in exotic, niche, and underrated crops. In my off time, you'll find me spending days in the woods looking for mushrooms and fossils, and my clear nights out with my telescope exploring our galactic neighborhood.
Sam (1st Season)
I am from DC and have been working along side Mike and Esther at the Tuesday farmers market for years with my Dad, Chris, selling bread. Now I’m here and loving the atmosphere! I am interested in living sustainably and will be taking a 4 month trip around Hawaii through the WWOOFING program (world wide opportunity for organic farming). I am a musician and wire wrapper that loves nature and all of Her mysteries, so the farm is a magical place to be!
When she isn't busy sunbathing, Tova can be found rolling around in mud, munching on grass or swimming in the creek. Never knowing a stick she didn't want to spend hours with, Tova is our resident guard dog and slacker. Although, she is all bark and no bite, her ferocious roars help keep our fields clear of vermin, or so she'd like us to think. As farm ambassador her most important duty is being first to greet guests and friends alike. She is also the most senior staff member at Licking Creek Bend Farm.