The farm is run by John Tecklin, Angie Tomey, Missy Neville, Maia Lipkin, Jake Benedict, Ceci Schroeder, Kritters Blevins, Kale Riley and Grace Debbler. We are joined by 5-6 interns each year. We are very fortunate to be a part of such a fun, talented, and hardworking crew!
Beet lover John Tecklin grew up in the backwoods of Nevada County in a small log cabin with no electricity, phone, or hot running water.
In 1995, after careers as a chimney sweep, stonemason, and Outward bound instructor, he became obsessed with gardening and got a job on one of the nation’s early CSA farms in Portland, Oregon.
In 1997, he moved back to his ancestral homeland and started Mountain Bounty Farm. He remains deeply committed to the CSA ideal — a community of eaters pledges their support for a local farm, and in return the farmers put all their heart and skill into producing the best possible food. More than anything else, he loves the physical act of farming: the challenge, the magic, and the beauty. He is married to Angie Tomey, of Little Boy Flowers. John’s other enthusiasms include playing with his two young sons, mountain biking, backcountry skiing, and surfing.
Missy was born and raised in Minnesota, with prime ice skating and abundant corndogs. After migrating west, she found Mountain Bounty Farm, where the broccoli harvest (her favorite) seems to be endless, and the sweet corn (her second favorite) is tall and delicious. She loves how every season brings new challenges and insight. She also believes strongly in growing food to support her community.
When she's not farming, Missy tends to stay outdoors - backpacking, whitewater rafting, snowboarding, mountain biking, playing ultimate frisbee, and romping around with her pup. This will be her eighth season at Mountain Bounty.
Maia is enchanted with the physical nature of farming- hands caked in dried soil, her strength building with the season, and the ability to eat like a queen.
When she’s not farming, she’s usually thinking about food while out on long walks in the Sierra foothills, or crawling up and swimming down rapids in the Yuba.
This will be Maia’s eighth year at Mountain Bounty.
Jake grew up in Milwaukee Wisconsin. He loves cheese. After receiving a degree in Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa, he moved to California is search of a lifestyle that would connect him with nature and contribute to the community food system in a positive way. The seasonality and everyday problem solving inherent in farming is what keeps him going.
When he is not farming, you can find him swimming in the Yuba, skiing the slopes, or building furniture in his garage.
Jake’s favorite vegetable is also the most under-appreciated in the world… fennel.
This will be Jake's eighth year at Mountain Bounty.
The first thing Grace wants you to know about her is that she’s from Ohio.
After her first season of farming in the high desert of New Mexico, she found her way to Mountain Bounty (following a quick google to see whether Nevada City was in Nevada) in search of lower altitude and more water. She loves harvesting anything that requires a rubber band, setting up drip systems and working farmers markets. Whiles she’s bunching radishes, Grace is formulating Ohio trivia, daydreaming about baby hippos or strategizing ways to beat you in Monopoly Deal. Outside of farming, she likes to kayak, hike, knit and read.
This will be Grace’s second year at Mountain Bounty and she is Thrilled.
Raised in the heat of Joshua Tree, CA Kritters, has always had a natural affinity for working hard and sweating it out. After moving to Santa Cruz to pursue a degree in anthropology, they spent several years working for a small family farm operation located at the base of the Santa Cruz mountains. Many farmers markets, tractor passes, and apple picking seasons later, it was time to intern at Mountain Bounty Farm for the 2017 season. A love for the farm, the folks who work on it, and the strong Nevada City community have clearly made it impossible for them to leave! They are excited for their second season here and look forward to more tinkering, melon eating competitions, raw sweet corn, and challenging folks to (humane) arm wrestling.
After a childhood spent eating steamed broccoli and ketchup in the suburbs of southern California, Kale moved north in search of water.
In Santa Cruz she discovered a love for growing things that carried her all the way to Mountain Bounty, where no one ever seems to mind that she walks very fast. Hard work, long days spent outside, the ever-changing rhythm of the season, and endless tomato sandwiches have kept her passion for farming alive and growing.
When she’s not at the farm or moonlighting as a florist, Kale spends her days milking goats, collecting ghost stories and snuggling her cat Larry.
For as long as she can remember Ceci has loved all things food and dirt, in fact if she remembers correctly she once made dandelion mud pies on a hot stone oven. She’s come a long way since then letting her time as a cook lead her from Illinois to California where she discovered a bounty of local produce and decided there had to be more to food than the florescent lights and bustling sounds of a kitchen.
Last year that lead her here, to Mountain Bounty as an intern where she rekindled the flame with Mother Nature.
She loved the work and the veggies so much she decided to stay on another year and enjoy her days outside, whether in the dirt or lounging like a lizard on the rocks of the Yuba.
In addition to managing our CSA program, Mielle is a natural foods chef and the author of Veganish: The Omnivore’s Guide to Plant-Based Cooking. Inspired by our community’s talented farmers and foodies, she caters retreats, teaches cooking classes, consults about food and nutrition, and keeps her kitchen at home teeming with interesting projects.