Farmer and Crop Design Manager
Mark has always known he was a farmer. From planting tomatoes with his Italian grandfather in suburban NJ to tending an urban garden in downtown Los Angeles, growing has always been in his blood. He has spent years in entertainment, public relations and most recently owned the highly rated Larchmont Grill in Los Angeles for which he grew produce, served as menu consultant and developed a mostly local wine program. He has been involved with the urban farming movement and community gardening in LA. In September of 2011 he and his partner bought The Starter Farm to finally realize his lifelong dream of having a farm. On the farm he concentrates on plant management and fruit and vegetable production. He also tries to serve as comic relief.
Farmer, Head of Animal Care and Pest Management
Mary Ann has many years of experience with animal welfare, training and behavior. On the farm she is responsible for animal quarters design, care and feed management, along with sharing crop production responsibilities. She is our innovator on the farm with her construction of effective pest management techniques and responsible farm practices. Her hands on experience and background in agriculture make The Starter Farm possible. She is also funny.
Farmer, Head Equine Trainer and Therapist
Lauren is a recent graduate from the University of Georgia. She studied Public Relations, African Studies and Animal & Dairy Sciences. Lauren’s love for the outdoors, especially farming, took off when she started riding horses at age 5. Since then, she has been involved with the care of a wide range of domestic and farm animals, as well as the land they use. Her goals on The Starter Farm are to become more acquainted with growing various crops and to take them from farm to fork. She tries to be funny but is not always successful.
Head of Pasture Management and Predator Protection Specialist
Besides being the handsome model of our farm, Gator is in charge of keeping our pastures trim, protecting our goat herd and keeping time based on his demanded feeding times. He is our ambassador of the visitor welcome wagon and is a part time therapeutic horse for special needs children.
The Goat Herd
Pasture Management Crew, Dairy Providers and Entertainment
Our mixed herd of Nigerian Dwarf, Kinder and Pygmy goats keeps grass and weeds at bay while providing endless hours of entertainment. Their milk will provide for future personal cheese production!
Insect Management, Compost Production and Egg Providers
Our hens convert kitchen scraps and vegetable waste to eggs for the farm while managing harmful insect populations. In addition, they provide excellent manure to enrich our compost pile.
Chief of Security and Pest Management
Ali’i enforces security around the farm serving as alarm specialist, animal guardian and gopher control. This Australian Shepherd also assists in herding responsibilities for our goat herd. She also provides endless hugs and affection.