Don Zasada & Bridget Spann
Together we operate our family farm. We met as volunteers in Chile while working as community organizers in a rural village. We are living our dream. Dreams are a lot of work!
After living in Boston for 7 years working with The Food Project as the Director of Agriculture (Don) and at Massachusetts General Hospital as a domestic violence advocate (Bridget), we were ready to move out of the city and find long-term security on some agricultural land in the Northeast. A long search ensued, culminating with finding Caretaker Farm.
Our work and way of life at Caretaker Farm is our response to our life experience. We see connection to the land that grows our produce as vital to understanding our responsibility to each other and the earth.
Our two spectacular children, Gabriela and Micah, call Caretaker Farm their home.
You will often see Gabriela in the distribution area where she loves to organize the displays. Her presence can be felt all over the farm as she adds her creative touch to enhance and draw out the beauty of this space. When she isn’t involved in her loves of swimming, rowing or biking, Gabriela assists the crew when they need some added strength for a job. She loves to harvest scallions and her favorite vegetables are carrots, cherry tomatoes and brussels sprouts.
It is a rare day when Micah is not found down in the fields working with the crew barefoot! Since he was 2 years old, Micah has had an affinity for assisting with the varied tasks across the agricultural season. He especially enjoys early harvest mornings. The summer brings along some competing interests of baseball and fishing, but he always seems to find time to get his hands in the soil. His favorite vegetables to harvest include sweet potatoes, garlic and onions and he loves to eat husk cherries and carrots.
Brooke is a second-year apprentice at Caretaker Farm. She hails from Dedham, MA and just finished up her undergraduate studies in Environmental Studies at Northeastern University. Brooke learned a lot about sustainable farming last season at Caretaker Farm, and is excited to spend a second season tending the land here. Brooke enjoys quality time with SCOBYs and kraut. Her favorite vegetables are beets and carrots.
Shane is a second-year apprentice at Caretaker Farm. Originally from NY's Hudson Valley, Shane has spent varying quantities of time living in several places, and called Boston home for 8 years. He discovered his passion for caring for the land, plants and animals during his first season apprenticing at Caretaker Farm, and is privileged to return for a second season. Shane enjoys trail running and vegan cooking. His favorite vegetables are red peppers and brussels sprouts.
Sara is a first-year apprentice at Caretaker Farm. Originally from California, Sara spent three years in Salt Lake City working with Real Food Rising which is a youth agriculture program. She was recently in Indiana for a year and is looking forward to the opportunity to live amidst some hills again. Her passions include biking and hiking while her favorite vegetables are hot peppers and spinach.