The Team

Meet our staff!


*2021 Team* 

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.  










Tova (she rests in peace under her favorite Apple Tree)

When she isn't busy sunbathing, Tova could 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 was our resident guard dog and slacker.  Although, she was 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 was being first to greet guests and friends alike.  She was also the most senior staff member at Licking Creek Bend Farm.


FARM VISIT DAY, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2021 11:00AM - 4:30PM (tentatively scheduled for this season)

 In the hope we will be able to have gatherings this coming season, we've moved our Farm visit to the fall - Sunday, September, 19, 2021.


What People Are Saying

"Thank you.  We love the CSA.  It challenges the way we think about our food and our creativity in cooking meals.  We appreciate all your work and the work of everyone on the farm."

- Kati

This was our first time doing a CSA and we absolutely loved it. We ate so many new and additional foods that we never would have tried or worked into our diet otherwise. It was so great finding new recipes to work them and figuring out what to do with everything each week. So thank you so much for introducing us to this great system. Hopefully we're still in the area and are able to do it again next year. Aaron