This is our farmer family at Chatfield Farms.
Josie Hart, Manager of Farm Programs
Josie is inspired to connect people with the farm, especially at CSA distributions and markets–which are like weekly mini-celebrations of fresh food and all the education programs Chatfield Farms offers. From new tomato varieties to exotic herbs, all things grown at Chatfield Farms contribute to a delicious season each time. Josie produces the flowers for the CSA share, markets and events held onsite. Beauty from nature is just as vital as food!
Royce Hale, Farm Education Coordinator
Royce owns and operates Guffarmery, an urban farm in Denver. He graduated from the Veterans to Farmers Program at Chatfield Farms in 2017 and is now a full-time educator for our veterans and other students of farming. Royce also teaches workshops on homesteading topics such as fermentation, baking and brewing. After teaching in public schools for many years, Royce’s diverse experience in the military, agriculture and education is a perfect fit for our program.
Katie Meyer, Head CSA Grower
Katie has been farming for around 10 years. Her organizational skills and to problem-solve on the fly make her an amazing asset to Chatfield Farms, and the cover crop program is thriving under her management.
Maddy Torraca Jones, Head CSA Grower
Like her spirit vegetable, the carrot, Maddy prefers to spend most of her time in the dirt. She has spent the last three seasons farming in Colorado at Cure Farm, Chatfield Farms and for her own small urban farm in Denver. Maddy loves sharing her excitement for growing and eating vegetables (especially the purple ones!) with volunteers, crew members and CSA members. She enjoys working alongside the rest of the Chatfield Farms’ team to continue utilizing sustainable practices and providing food to our amazing members and donation partners.
April Boldon, CSA Grower
April is a long-time gardening enthusiast, former educator and first-time member of the CSA team.
Jess Hargest, CSA Grower
Jess became interested in working as an organic farmer while in college in 2007 when she learned about some of the current and "conventional" agricultural systems in America during a class on environmental issues. She followed this passion, learning many facets of gardening and farming in a few different places in the country and abroad, eventually finding her way to Chatfield Farms.
Lindsey Perriman, CSA Grower
This is Lindsey’s first season on the CSA team. She previously worked with organizations focused on garden education, outdoor access and refugee and immigrant populations in the Denver area.
Liza Zechini, CSA Grower
This is Lisa’s second season with the CSA. Prior to joining the team at Chatfield Farms, she studied social work and food justice and worked on a farm in Maryland where she led a crew of developmentally disabled farmers in the field.
Rutger Meyers, CSA Grower
Rutger is a third-year Chatfield Farms CSA crew member and a compost enthusiast. When he isn’t cultivating, harvesting or distributing veggies, Rutger is either searching the grounds of Chatfield Farms for compostable biomass or teaching backyard compost classes with Denver Urban Gardens’ Master Composter Program.
Sarah Palmer, CSA Grower
Sarah is back for a second season on the CSA crew. She brings a wealth of knowledge (especially when it comes to wildlife) to the team and can bag greens at an amazing speed. This year Sarah is working with education coordinator Royce to study the effects of pollinator strips on several factors affecting health and growth in cucurbit crops.