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Meet the Crew

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Sara G Patterson

 

Owner, farmer, chef,  advocate, public speaker, dreamer, and doer.


I love life and mine has been an adventure full of twists and turns. I grew up in the San Fernando Valley, a suburb of Los Angeles, and was infatuated with the family garden, the few chicks we had, and anything to do with being outside. Moving to rural Southern  Utah at the age of 10  would change my life forever. I started collecting livestock and growing and selling produce. I officially started Red Acre Farm, a CSA with 4 shareholders at 14, and founded Red Acre Center with my Mom at the age of 20.  Here we are today and I embrace farming, cooking,  advocating for the local food movement, sharing my journey, and building community with more passion than ever.  

Symbria Patterson

 

Co-owner of the farm. Sara's mom and sometimes the crew's too.

I wear many hats around here. Watching Sara's tenacity with Lynn, my late husband, we saw the possibilities and helped her to start building the farm. As her experience grew, so did her vision, we started another adventure, while continuing the first, and founded Red Acre Center in the midst of farming. I have never worked a day in my life. I always find myself engaged in a cause and loving what I do! The mother of four and grandmother of eight, I  love to, take long walks, read, farm, eat good food, and be anxiously engaged in a good cause. 

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TK Kern

For the first 25 years of my life, I was deeply entrenched in nerd culture, immersing myself in video games and computer tinkering. I started making money building websites in high school, and after spending a decade glued to a keyboard and screen, my health suffered from a sedentary lifestyle and poor diet. Feeling the need for change and drawn by environmental concerns, I embarked on a journey into cooking from scratch, prioritizing locally sourced produce. You meet some interesting folks at farmers markets, and Sara and Symbria are a interesting indeed - they are largely to blame for discovering my passion for healing the land through small-scale organic agriculture. Volunteering led to a full-blown farming career, where I now spend my days orchestrating our vegetable production, maintaining our organic certification, slicing bread, writing grants, mentoring future farmers, tinkering on our web platforms, and whatever else needs to be done. While a far cry from my digital past, the fulfillment found in real-life farming adventures surpasses any of my former virtual achievements.

"Volunteers aren't paid, not because they are worthless but because they are priceless."

Through the years we have had Woofers, interns, and hundreds of volunteers. 

There are those who come alone, some in groups, and some as entire families. Some are here for only an hour but stay in our hearts forever. There are the few we count on showing up at the same time and day every week for years, there are those who just show up randomly, and there are those who leave and later return. We also have what we call angels. Just when we think we will not be ready for an event, or we need to cover crops before a freeze, or just when there is an impossible task, someone will show up and literally save us. 

The farm and all it does and offers to this community would not be possible without volunteers.  We know that and we love and appreciate them and every minute of time that they have ever given.

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Shakespeare

Boss lady, Mouser, and lap warmer

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