The Schools’ Staff

Each of the core staff are experts in their fields. Many manage their owns farms and teach and speak from years of experience. Click on the names below the photos for more information.

 


Caroline Radice
Caroline Radice
Leadership Team, Food Hub Manager, Caterer, Go-To Godess
Caroline has been farming professionally with her partner Jason since 2007, although growing food has been a part of their life since they were...
Ruthie King
Ruthie King
Director of Operations
Ruthie King grew up in Southern California before heading east to attend Columbia University, where she studied planning and design with a focus...
Michael Foley
Michael Foley
Leadership Team, Founder
Michael Foley has been an educator for over 40 years, starting with high school teaching, then at the university level. In the 1980s and 90s he...
Takashi Yogi
Takashi Yogi
Leadership Team, Industrial Arts Instructor
Takashi Yogi is a retired medical electronics engineer who has been teaching industrial skills at the farm school. This includes carpentry...
Joshua Sternberg
Joshua Sternberg
Field Manager & Instructor
Joshua Sternberg is SAA's field manager. Before arriving at the school and settling into farming as his preferred occupation and passion, Joshua...
AJ Barrett
AJ Barrett
Leadership Team
For most of his adult life, AJ worked with children and youth as dependents of the Juvenile Court and foster care. He spent 12 years working in...
Lila Ryan
Lila Ryan
Leadership Team
Lila sits on the school’s Leadership Team and is currently developing a plan with SAA and NRCS to install a 3,600 square foot insectary...

Guest Instructors

Below is a list of our guest instructors.

 


Ian Fitzpatrick
Ian Fitzpatrick
Ian is the founder of Radiant Tribes.  He built and led sales organizations, raised money for non-profits, and mentored others in business and...
Linda MacElwee
Linda MacElwee
Linda teaches a range of holistic management classes at the school.
Rachel Britten
Rachel Britten
Rachel's interest and exposure to agriculture spans from the mono-culture fields of her Iowa home to small diverse organic farms in Northwest...
Adam and Paula Gaska
Adam and Paula Gaska
Mendocino Organics Adam and Paula strive to be a model sustainable farm organism in the heart of GMO-free Mendocino County. They work toward a...
Elizabeth Archer
Elizabeth Archer
Instructor
NCO Liaison Elizabeth Archer works for North Coast Opportunities, which is the fiscal sponsor for the  School of Adaptive Agriculture. Elizabeth...
Jes Pearce
Jes Pearce
The Jeavons Center Mini-Farmer Manager Jes is originally from Maryland, but has had the privilege to call many places home since she left the east...
Roger Wilson
Roger Wilson
Roger Wilson is a skilled designer, Architect, General contractor, Hacker/Maker, computer expert and teacher. Second career as a computer...
John Keleher
John Keleher
John has always been an entrepreneur, mostly in software, but he has also applied his business skills to operating a salad greens business...

On Farm Instructors

Below is a list of some of our field trip hosts.

 


Wall to Wall
Wall to Wall
Matt Anderson
Wall to Wall is a Comprehensive Natural Building Workshop Series happening at Ridgewood Ranch in northern California.
Tierra Vegetables
Tierra Vegetables
Wayne James
Tierra Vegetables is committed to producing food and fiber products of the highest quality through sustainable farming practices. At the Tierra...
Tequio Farm
Tequio Farm
Hunter Flynn and Isabel Quiroz
Tequio Community Farm was started in January 2015 by Hunter Flynn and Isabel Quiroz. The farm is located on Ridgewood Ranch in Willits. “Tequio”...
Seely Farm Stand
Seely Farm Stand
Colleen Rentsch
The Seely family has been farming for 4 generations.  The late Edward M. Seely moved the farming operation of Bartlett pears from the Santa Clara...
Penny Royal
Penny Royal
Sarah Bennett
Pennyroyal Farm is located in Boonville, California, in beautiful Anderson Valley. Our estate vineyard includes 23 acres on the Boonville bench...
Magruder Ranch
Magruder Ranch
Kyle Farmer
For five generations (the 6th just joined us!) our family has been honored to steward this land. Magruder Ranch (also known as Ingel-Haven Ranch)...
Leonardis Organics
Leonardis Organics
Jim Leonardis
Since 2007, Jim has fostered an ethic of stewardship for his 40-acre certified organic farm. The farm features an idyllic barn and 67-year old...
Happy Day Farm
Happy Day Farm
Casey and Amber O'Neil
HappyDay Farms is operated by Casey O’Neill and Amber Cline, we are passionate about supporting our local food security. We work in cooperation...