We are passionate about the planet, the climate, and our food. We met at a point in our lives where we wanted to leap into something big, and new, and full of projects, and boy did our wishes come true!
Joel grew up with a rich family history of farming and orchard work in southern Oregon. Farm chores were part of his daily childhood experience. Joel’s father is a Master Gardener and at 87, is still king of the tomato growers in the family. Joel’s first paying job was within the famous pear orchards of the Rogue Valley. Since the 1980’s he has been concerned about and focused on Co2 emissions and climate change. Joel has dedicated the last 28 years to being a ships Captain for Greenpeace International. His passion for food security and sovereignty, sustainability and local food, helped him focus on the search for this farm, and it’s potential. Joel is working towards Warm Valley Farm becoming an example of a regenerative, carbon neutral farm. Stewarding a farm in the San Juan islands is a lifelong dream. Joel’s roles at Warm Valley Farm include managing and stewardship of Warm Valley Farm and it’s orchard and cidery, seed production and sales, infrastructure, and teaching.
Annie fell in love with Warm Valley Farm, the moment she stepped on to the land, it just sang with possibilities. Annie’s experience with growing started at a very young age. Annie’s lineage has a host of women growers, her great grandmother, born in the 1880’s was a landscape artist in Texas, her mother shared her love of gardening, and her stepmother is a master gardener. Annie has spent a lot of time with her hands in the soil, or wrapped around a pair of pruners. Becoming one of the stewards of Warm Valley Farm is an honor, a challenge and a labor of love. She has happily dedicated herself to learning farming, as opposed to gardening, and growing in all ways possible as a person of the soil. Annie’s past work history includes 20+ years of interior and functional building design, as well as a 10 year career in music, as singer and songwriter for the AnnieMac band. Annie’s roles at Warm Valley Farm include stewardship management, teaching, design and planning, restoration and building, marketing, events, sales, cut flowers, and farmstand management.