Meet Our Team
Shawn is our designer. He has nourished his interest in sustainability through work as an organic farmer, nursery grower, extension agent, arborist, landscaper, and manager of Clemson University's Student Organic Farm. From his earliest permaculture experiments with no-till farming in the Santa Cruz Mountains to his highly functional bio-integrated designs in the Southeast, Shawn has learned how to cultivate food in a variety of climates and landscapes. He shares his creative solutions through teaching, consulting, design work, and his book.
Peanut is our connector. She comes to the farm with a background in marketing, business development and design research, and is passionate about fostering community relationships. She tackles the finance and operations side of the business while also building the brand, hosting events, digging in the dirt, and selling our products in local markets. Most days of the week you can find her out in the field transplanting, trenching irrigation lines or harvesting your produce.
Rachel is our CSA/harvesting guru. She moved to Chester from northern California, where she spent several years working at Mountain Bounty Farm, a 15 acre, 700 member CSA farm in the Sierra foothills. During her time at Mountain Bounty, Rachel worked her way up from intern to harvest manager, learning the ins and outs of running a mid-sized organic farm. In the fall of 2018, Rachel decided to visit Wild Hope to learn from Shawn about mechanized no-till methods and we haven’t let her go since. She has been critical in helping us stay organized and productive while scaling the operation. Her interests in reduced soil disturbance and soil health are closely tied to improving methods for climate change mitigation.
Sarah & Tim Belk
Sarah is our dreamer and Tim our director. In 2009, with a small group of dedicated friends, Sarah helped launched Common Grounds, a farm stand striving to eliminate chronic homelessness. Though the farm stand is no longer operating, the relationships formed with local farmers and food-loving community members planted the seed for Wild Hope Farm. In May of 2016, when Tim announced his decision to "retire" from decades of work in corporate retail, Tim and Sarah began scheming their startup idea. Before long, Wild Hope Farm was up and running. Sarah and Tim's right and left brain approaches compliment one another and push the group forward into exciting new directions.