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.
Aaron is our only other year-round farmer and we couldn't be any luckier. His passion for the land and sensitivity for what it's asking for is unique and invaluable. Aaron joined our team in the beginning of our 2018 season and found a calling in organic farming. An artist at heart, Aaron's background and eye for flower arranging can be seen in the colorful arrays you see at our farmers market booths in the summer. He's also an avid basket weaver and musician, so you might just see him doing both at our Riverside Farmers Market!
When Aaron isn't being an awesome farmer, he's usually caring for his bright-eyed toddler or being creative in the sierra foothills.
Cassidy joined our team in the winter of 2017 as an intern on break from her agricultural studies at Evergreen University in Washington. She immediately blew us away with her steady optimism, calm maturity, and incredible reliability. She charmed our regulars at our first go at the Riverside Farmers Market, and despite frigid temps and an outdoor market in active blizzard conditions, she never missed a market. To say we were sad to see her go back to school is a huge understatement!
But fortunately, we're kind of fun to be around and Cass decided to return during her summer break. She's set to graduate soon and we've been working long and hard at luring her back!
Zach joined our team in the late spring of 2018, stepping away from a busy life as an accountant and the owner/operator of The Pizza Collective in Reno. He somehow managed to keep those responsibilities fulfilled while he nourished his heart out here in the open fields.
Zach is as sharp and methodical as he is playful and full of love. He's been a long-time friend and we were more than thrilled that he wanted to get his hands dirty alongside us. With intentions of his own to begin an organic farm out in Spanish Springs, we're excited to help incubate his vision and bring more nutrient-dense goodness to our community in the process.
Kayla began on our farm in the summer of 2018 and brought her immense grace and charm with her. Having known Kayla through previous adventures in yoga and beyond, we knew she would add an invaluable light to our team. And she has! Kayla is a multitalented artist with an old soul and bottomless heart. When she isn't pouring it into the soil at Prema, she's a skilled fire performer, sound artist, musician, poet, and barefoot vagabond. :)
Kayla also has intentions of taking the skills and knowledge she's gaining from her time at Prema towards a land of her own to tend, and we couldn't be more humbled to help start her on her way.