Farming is a demanding but extremely rewarding activity. We are lucky to have a team of students and many volunteers from the community to grow with us!
2019 Farm Team
Perry Acworth, UW Farm Manager
Persis “Perry” originally hails from Long Island, New York, but New England also has a special place in her heart. Perry owned and operated a commercial grass-based sheep dairy, with cheese, layer hens and vegetables in Union, Maine for 17 years. In addition to running her own farm, she has worked with nine species of livestock, gutted fish at canneries in Alaska, served as recycling coordinator for Chittenden County, Vermont, and was the shepherd and educator at a rare breeds livestock foundation and farm in Maine.
In 2012, Perry sold her farm and moved to the PNW to pursue a graduate degree with the goal of becoming a farm educator in order to connect urban populations to the food system. Since earning her masters in education at UW in 2014, Perry has managed three student farms including Assistant Farm Manager at The Evergreen State College. She has also taught classes in sustainable agriculture, food safety and urban farm and business planning and run campus farms for Antioch University and Edmonds Community College.
In 2017, prior to accepting the UW Farm Manger position, Perry helped create a new 10-acre farm business incubator in Woodinville for Viva Farms that includes the Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAgE) student farm.
Perry was also involved with the UW Farm as a graduate student as an Urban Farm TA (ENVIR 240), and completed her master’s project with Tilth’s Seattle Youth Garden Works. She is very excited to be back again in her new capacity as the Farm Manager.
Year at UW: MEd ’14
Hails from: Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Hobbies: cycling, hiking, and ultimate frisbee
Favorite veggie or fruit that we grow at UW: tomatoes and lettuce
New part-time Production Manager, Adam Houston. Though Adam’s primary focus will be field supervision, vegetable growing, running the CSA, harvest and delivery to campus dining outlets, he also communicates with all our volunteers.
Adam grew up near the UW Farm and spent many happy hours running and bird watching in the Union Bay Natural Area. He’s glad that he now gets to work in one of his favorite places in Seattle. A Seattle native, Adam went to Roosevelt high school. After graduation he headed east to attend Yale University. Adam finished his undergraduate degree at Yale in 2018, where he majored in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. While there, he worked as a student farm manager and also led a summer internship on the Yale Farm. Adam is interested in the intersection of ecology, economics, and politics, especially in relation to agri-food systems.
While not farming, Adam likes to garden at home, bike, and play recreational soccer. His favorite vegetable to grow and eat is Red Kuri winter squash. Welcome Adam!
Hails from: Seattle
Hobbies: Gardening, biking, and playing recreational soccer
Favorite veggie or fruit that we grow at UW: winter squash
Contact Adam: email@example.com
Aisling Doyle Wade, Lead Student Staff
We welcome back Aisling for a second year as student staff. This year she will be the Lead, helping to train new student staff and taking the lead on special projects.
Entering her second year at the University of Washington in the fall of 2018, Aisling is currently hoping to major in Community, Environment and Planning with a focus on food justice and urban agriculture. While taking environmental studies classes and volunteering at the farm, Aisling discovered a deep interest in food systems and agriculture and was excited to have the opportunity to become a member of the UW farm team! Aisling is an avid urban cyclist (who is still struggling to take to plunge and get a driver’s license) and her ideal day would include spending time with friends in the great outdoors then sharing a big home-cooked meal.
Year at UW: Junior
Hails from: Seattle
Hobbies: Cycling, hiking, camping
Favorite veggie or fruit that we grow at UW: Tomatoes
2018 Community Volunteers
There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes at the UW Farm, and we’re grateful for all of the volunteers who help keep things running! If you’d like to volunteer with us, get info here.
Franklin has been a volunteer at the UW Farm since 2014. Recently retired from UW Medicine where he was an IT staff person in Laboratory Medicine. Upon retiring, one of the first things he missed was being in a health, biology, and scientific setting. He started volunteering at the UW farm because the work included all of those aspects! He is a quintessential city guy, but he is very grateful to have access to the soil to help grow and harvest food in an urban setting. Each week he enjoys receiving a UW Farm CSA box that he helped harvest and trying out new recipes from our newsletter!
Franklin is the farm’s Social Media guru, snapping photos during every visit and helping the farm connect with others via our Facebook page and Instagram accounts.