As our lead farmer, key planner, builder, and fix-everything-man on the farm, Prema would simply not exist as it does today without Zach's presence.He is the fire, the passion, and the lifeblood of our daily operations. It's been joked that while the plants certainly need the sun and water to thrive, they've also grown accustomed to feeding off of Zach's unending energy at the farm!
Amazingly, this is Zach's first time farming, ever. After spending six years traveling the world in his twenties, he returned to his home state with clear insight into the contribution he wanted to make. His connection to the energy of the land is uncommon, revealed clearly by his instincts farming it. You'll see Zach when you visit the farm, stop by our Farmers Market booth, or receive pretty much any of our deliveries. He's everywhere the farm is!
Kasey and Zach's shared vision of growing food was mentioned before the sun set on their first day of friendship back in 2013. It turned out they had much in common, and despite the timing (Zach was just returning to the States after years of living and traveling abroad, and Kasey was days away from leaving on a one-way ticket to Kauai), their partnership in life was inevitable.
Kasey was lured away from farming adventures on the islands of Hawaii to create a life with Zach in the high desert. Her soil-caked hands of years-past now tend mostly to her and Zach's favorite seedlings: their two daughters, Anjali May and Rishi Lou. Kasey is the engine behind everything online, visual, written, and marketed for Prema, including the creation of this website (woohoo!). She is also the manager of our year-round, Riverside Farmers Market.
As our first volunteer beyond the core group of founders, and the warm smile beside Zach at our first short season of Farmers Markets in 2017, Dana has played a significant role in the growth and stability of the farm. And the beauty of it! In 2018, Dana planned, managed, and executed our entire flower operation (with zero prior experience!). Her tenacity, warmth,
insight, and unending sense of humor make even harvesting in
the snow a more enjoyable experience.
Dana's former career was teaching 5th grade and, despite her talent for getting 10 year-olds to listen and learn, she's found a new love for being the listener instead. She was swooned from the start by Long Valley, and Prema continues to benefit from her dedicated care.
Brett began working with Zach in the cold Winter mornings of 2018, helping him build the necessary infrastructure for a successful year-round, high-altitude farm. Brett brought a wide array of skills, from construction experience to a wealth of horticulture knowledge, and Prema continues to benefit from his diverse talents day in and day out.
Brett is multi passionate, but the culinary arts is near the top. Farming blends well with his creativity in the kitchen and he enjoys providing an authentic "farm to plate" experience by using vibrant, fresh-from-the-ground ingredients. His talents are only eclipsed by the size of his heart. It makes him a delight to work beside and a magnet for kids! We're lucky to have him.
Tanner joined the farm crew in the Winter of 2017 and was quick to learn the ropes of farming, building, irrigation, and digging in frozen soil! Despite being our youngest farmer, he brings a wealth of wisdom and an uncommon level of sincerity for any age.
When he's not farming, Tanner is often teaching yoga to underserved youth or spending time with his four siblings. As an advocate for a healthy lifestyle, Tanner enjoys exploring new paths to clarity, balance, and connection with nature. Farming has provided him all of these and he intends to farm for many years to come.