We are Elizabeth Powell and Cody Reed, and we're part of the new wave of first generation farmers working to keep the profession of farming alive and strong. We work our butts off during planting and harvest season, and in the winter we geek out on soil tests and planning spreadsheets. We find the process of growing a small farm to be thoroughly challenging and we can't imagine a more satisfying line of work.
Farmer Elizabeth, 5ft 3in
As a girl of 14 or so Elizabeth scrawled in her journal, "I've fallen in love... with a lifestyle." The lifestyle was farming and the infatuation hasn't faded yet. Five Foot Farm is the fruition of many years spent digging in the soil, and Elizabeth is happy to finally be on a piece of ground that she can sink her teeth into.
Things Elizabeth loves:
Most of all Elizabeth loves her husband Gabe, who provides huge support for the vision of growing a farm and good food for the community.
In addition to farming Elizabeth has the pleasure of running the High Altitude Harvest CSA and working as a consultant for the Tahoe Food Hub and Soil Born Farms.
Farmer Cody, 5ft 2in
Growing up in a ski town, the idea of being a farmer never even occurred to Cody as a child. After years of traveling the world though, she came to appreciate the important role a healthy local food system can play in the economic, social and physical well being of a community.
It was during night watch on a sailboat in the middle of the rough Indian Ocean that Cody first began dreaming of farming. Whether those midnight plans arose from a premonition or just a longing for dirt, when Cody landed in Plumas County years later, she was finally able to turn them into reality.
Things Cody loves:
Cody is currently geeking out on soils through her grad school studies at the University of Nevada Reno, getting lots of good wisdom to bring back to the fields!