The farm is run by John Tecklin, Angie Tomey, Missy Neville, Maia Lipkin, Jake Benedict, Mike Berlinghieri, Aaron Zueck, Kali Feiereisel, and André Blumenstein. 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 in Minnesota and raised on milk and hotdish.
Her interest in farming sparked while attending school in Washington State to earn a degree in Natural Sciences.
Her absolute favorite crop to harvest is broccoli, with corn coming in a close second. When the farming is slow, Missy likes to spend her time baking, ice skating and playing ultimate frisbee.
This will be Missy's sixth year at Mountain Bounty.
Maia is enchanted with 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 staying sweaty on the soccer field.
This will be Maia’s sixth year at Mountain Bounty.
Jake is a passionate man. He loves the Packers, cheese, his cat, Nelson, and most things farming. He is not a passionate writer.
This will be Jake's sixth year at Mountain Bounty.
Aaron grew up on red meat and Velveeta Shells and Cheese in Wyoming’s high desert. Before ever eating a vegetable or growing a plant he worked as a Truck Driver, Peace Corps Volunteer, Stroller Valet, and Lunch Lady.
Presently, Aaron is on a multi-year mission to travel the entire length of the S. Yuba river without a boat. He also coaches one of Gold Country’s Finest Softball Clubs: the Mountain Bounty Melon Ballers.
This will be Aaron's fourth year at Mountain Bounty.
After analyzing data in Chicago one summer, Mike stumbled onto a West Virginian vegetable farm for a season and came down with a fever for growing food.
A native of California, he discovered a paradise at Mountain Bounty, where he can hand-weed endlessly.
His favorite crop to harvest and eat is watermelon. Away from the farm, Michael enjoys hiking, snowboarding, learning new slang terms, and smoking ribs. Lots of smoked ribs.
This will be Michael's fourth year at Mountain Bounty.
Over the years Kali has worn a variety of hats at Mountain Bounty from nurturing plants in the propagation house, to organizing farmers' market logistics, and giving school farm tours.
Most recently she has led farm projects on organic certification, food safety, and value added products.
When she's not nerding out over a new variety of pepper or experimenting in the kitchen you can find Kali skiing in Tahoe or enjoying some time in the Yuba River.
This will be Kali's fifth year at Mountain Bounty.
André grew up in sunny San Diego. A love of food came very young and he’s been eating voraciously ever since.
After a few years of biomedical research in graduate school, he left his academic career to get dirty outside and hasn’t looked back. He finds endless joy in the hard physical work of the farm and wonder in the interconnected web of soil biology, geology, and plants.
Outside the farm, André can be found rock climbing, planning his next meal, listening to funky jams, and advocating for fennel’s place among the pantheon of greatest vegetables.
This will be André's second year at Mountain Bounty.
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.