The Starter Farm

Babies Mark

 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.


Mary Ann

Mary Ann

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.



Lauren Lauren

 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!




Phyllis The Chicken

 The Girls

 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.




One Allii (1)


 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.

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