The Farmers


maida ives

I love sunshine, teamwork, food, and physical labor. I have been living and studying the intersection of food and education for years. After years teaching middle school math, I volunteered on farms while traveling, and learned vegetable production in Northern Virginia. While living there, I searched for farms that work with students to grow food. I moved here to work at Book & Plow Farm and look forward to serving as the new manager.



I discovered agriculture during my freshman year at UMass Amherst and was quickly drawn to the hard work and being outside. I studied Sustainable Food and Farming at UMass and spent two seasons as a crew leader for Many Hands Farm Corps. As a crew leader I discovered how much I like working with intern crews and the problem solving element of farming. Most people would describe me as crochet-obsessed and I love talking about yarn, sheep, and the history of fiber.

the founders

Tobin Porter-brown

peter mclean