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Jessica Banks

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Jessica is originally from Wisconsin where she attended college for Natural Resources and Fine Arts.  She experienced organic farming for the first time while interning at Cloudview in 2013, and realized later it was something to pursue long term.  In the future she hopes to be an organic seed grower and do lots of traveling.  Her main interests are arts and crafts, outdoor sports, camping/hiking, seed saving, and reading.

Jonathon Casselberry-Scott

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Ephrata Farm

Jonathon Casselberry-Scott comes from Marcellus, MI. Upon graduation from Goshen College, he obtained a license as a Registered Nurse. However, he has postponed his psychiatric nursing career in favor of exploring a few of the other cultures, lifestyles, and employment opportunities our country has to offer. Jon came to Cloudview in search of good friends, hard work, and a chance to experience the symbiosis a farm shares with the soil it stands on.

Jim Baird

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Business / Planning, Elder

A smooth-talking, apple-growing, wild-eyed farmer, Jim has been holding it down hippy-style in Eastern Washington farm country since his entrance into the orchard industry in the mid-1970s.  His passion for farming has lead to the mission of Cloudview, originally a small (< 1 acre) hilltop garden.  He belongs to several organizations and is a founding member of the Slow Money movement, which seeks to connect local investors with farmers and local eco-agricultural projects to bring about long-term sustainability.

Jim McGreevy

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Vegetable Crop/Seed Production

Descended from generations of farmers, Jim was raised in NW Washington state on a small family farm.  At an early age he learned the value of seed and soil from his father and later was an active member of his high school’s FFA program. He was chosen Star Greenhand in 1994 by the Lynden FFA, an honor bestowed on those that show the most potential in the field of agriculture.  Spending his high school summers working in the fresh berry industry exposed him to the realities of large scale commercial farming.  While attending college at CWU, Jim studied philosophy and religion as well as studio art, satisfying his desire to explore his creativity and the potential of the human mind.  After graduating with his Bachelor’s degree in 2002 he set an intention to learn the ways of organic farming with the hopes of following his forefathers in agriculture. In 2005 Jim engaged in the Practice of Sustainable Agriculture program at Evergreen State College, where he had the privilege to learn from Melissa Barker and John Navazio.  He began growing gourmet garlic at the Evergreen community garden and started down the path of saving vegetable seeds. Upon joining Cloudview in 2009, Jim started producing a wide variety of vegetable seed crops along with managing the field growing, and is currently helping to develop a seed collective for the growers of this region.  Jim is most passionate about seed saving, plant breeding, soil building, and discovering our intuitive connection to the organisms that sustain us.   In his free time Jim can be found exploring his talents of drawing, painting, and bonsai, and spending time showing his children the wonders of growing things.

Whitney Johnson

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Assistant Grower, Intern Coordination

Whitney joined Cloudview in 2012 after working on farms in Tucson and Vashon Island.

Neil Vargas

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Orchards / Swine, Lamb

After completing a degree in environmental sciences at Notre Dame in 2005, Neil moved to Washington and has worked in some of the state’s most beautiful ecosystems since. Neil returned Cloudview in 2011 to work in the farm’s growing orchards. He enjoys working with the over 30 varieties of heirloom and specialty apples in Cloudview’s orchard and works to increase fruit and perennial crops to the farm. Neil is committed to investigating additional ways in which Cloudview can be more self sufficient, such as producing staple crops and integrating more animals into the landscape. This year he will be working closely with the royal city farm’s first flock of sheep.

In his free time, Neil enjoys exploring the outdoors, cooking, brewing and spending time with friends and his dog.  Neil has a passion for studying and experimenting with natural building, homesteading,  permaculture and alternative energy.

Carli Thompson

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Education Coordinator

Though originally from Kansas, Carli also has strong ties to Southern Michigan and Northern Indiana.  She spent 3 years working and learning on organic farms in Southern Michigan, before heading across the Indiana boarder to earn a M.S. in Environmental Education at GoshenCollege.  Since joining Cloudview in March of 2012, Carli has helped to develop Cloudview’s second farm at the Ephrata location.  In addition to working on the CSA and market farm in Ephrata, Carli’s role is to coordinate educational programming for children and families in the area.  She is excited about helping others connect with nature in a farm setting.

Josh Ewert

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Ephrata Farm

After finishing a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, Josh worked and lived in Alaska and Tanzania, East Africa. He returned to the family farm in Michigan to help his family establish an organic market garden and CSA farm. In spring of 2012 Josh joined Cloudview to head up the efforts at the new farm in Ephrata. His reasons for farming is a love of sustainable living and a passion in providing good, healthy meats and vegetables to the communities he lives in. When not farming, Josh would like to be on the river with his fly rod. He farms, makes beer, cooks meat, likes to fly fish, tie flies, hunt, build, loves sharing good food with friends, and tries to be outside as much as he can.

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