We are David Plescia and Kayta Brady. We met as apprentices at Caretaker Farm in Williamstown, MA — one of the oldest CSA farms in the United States — and have been farming together ever since.
Kayta grew up in Columbia, Missouri and studied Ecology and Visual Art at Bennington College in Vermont. She worked and WWOOFed on several farms in the United States and Germany and ran a small bakery in Williamstown, MA before apprenticing at Caretaker in 2012.
David grew up in the Santa Clara Valley climbing on fruit trees and playing roller hockey. He studied East Asian Buddhism and Music at UC Santa Barbara, helped build a Theravada Buddhist pagoda and worked on a biodynamic CSA in Patagonia where he read about Caretaker Farm.
Caretaker Farm was formative. The atmosphere on harvest distribution days was always festive. Neighbors met and mingled each week as the seasons turned. Caretaker's growing practices improved soil organic matter at an amazing rate. We've been looking for the chance to build a farm like it ever since.
We moved to Sebastopol in 2013 to farm with draft-horses at New Family Farm. David spent 3 seasons at New Family Farm while Kayta founded the farm at Russian River Vineyards in Forestville.
We began talking with our friends at Green Valley Farm + Mill in the spring of 2016 and the seed of Green Valley Community Farm sprouted.
When she’s not farming, Kayta can be found taking photos with her Canon A-1, drawing, or clumsily surfing with David.
When he's not in the fields, David he can be found dabbling on the piano, backpacking in the Sierras, or clumsily surfing with Kayta.
Our mission is to nourish this community and to model a socially and ecologically sustainable food future.