Ellie Greenler grew up on an organic vegetable farm in Southern Wisconsin, but didn’t fully appreciate how deeply she was connected to the soil until she went away to university in Philadelphia. At Haverford she became passionate about food justice and public health and spent her summers working at WhiteField Farm (right around the corner from MPOF), in Nicaragua and Seattle at different not-for-profits doing garden education and food access work. Ellie’s senior thesis was about the integration of refugees into communities through organic and urban agriculture. Outside of playing in the dirt and spreading her passion for vegetables, Ellie enjoys all things active, specifically rock climbing, rowing, yoga, and cross-country skiing. Filling the rest of her “free time” with Quaker Committee work, spontaneous adventures, and baking Ellie rarely seems to sit still. Ellie is thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Meeting Place family for the summer 2017 season as the Garden Manager and looks forward to many pig cuddles on the side.
Mason Sharp attended Michigan State University where he eventually ended up studying Horticulture. First he started off as an Advertising major because he didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life, but guided by a combination of sheer luck and what must have been some sort of intuition he found himself on the sustainable and organic track of Michigan State’s Horticulture program. The people and the information he was exposed to at the university have influenced his worldview making him believe that localized food production is going to be important in the future. Mason spent a summer on Mackinac Island where he assisted with the driving of a team of horses for the state park. In addition he has worked on one farm in Colorado and two in Michigan. Besides being outside Mason likes to play guitar, make art, play board games, and recently, juggle. This will be his first season at Meeting Place Organic Farm.
Kevin Webster grew up in Thornhill, Ontario. He became interested in farming during a placement on a biodynamic dairy farm in Durham in grade nine. A summer job on a biodynamic vegetable farm in Uxbridge during high school solidified his passion for farming. After graduating from the Toronto Waldorf School in 2016, he decided to find a farming apprenticeship. Kevin enjoys playing music, woodworking, and reading. He is interested in architecture and historical carpentry tools and techniques. He is looking forward to learning lots more about farming this season!
We’re very excited for our 2017 farm crew, and at this time, are not considering any further applications to apprentice with us. If you’re passionate about potentially becoming a farmer, and think the way we’re doing it is of interest to you, we’ll be accepting applications for 2018 shortly.