Meet the Farmers
Katie showcasing beautiful swiss chard at the Montauk Farmers Market
Amanda during the wheat harvest
Amanda Merrow and Katie Baldwin are the founders of Amber Waves Farm in Amagansett, New York. The pair have been farming together on the east end of Long Island since 2008 when they met during a season-long farming apprenticeship and decided to follow their passion for good food and hard work by founding Amber Waves. Now in its fifth season, Amber Waves specializes in a 100 member CSA, farmers markets, and sales of specialty vegetables to some of the Hamptons’ most popular restaurants. The farm is open to the public every day and regularly welcomes families, school groups, and passers by to enjoy all the fields have to offer. Amanda and Katie are part of the national movement of young people committed to revitalizing America’s food system by helping people become empowered and excited to make thoughtful food choices through a deeper connection to their food and the people who grow it. The girls have been featured on the Food Network’s Barefoot Contessa, ABC’s The Chew, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and many local publications for their work at Amber Waves Farm. They frequently speak at regional workshops and conferences geared towards organic growers and consumers.
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Abby was raised in Scarsdale, NY and graduated from Cornell University in 2013 with a BS in International Agriculture and Rural Development. After graduating Abby joined the Amber Waves farm crew for the summer and fall of 2013 and spent the winter working with the dairy herd and making cheese at Mecox Bay Dairy in Bridgehampton. In September, Abby will be leaving for Senegal with the Peace Corps, and she cannot think of a better way to spend her last months in the U.S. than farming with Amber Waves and working with the Amagansett community!
Laura Rose attended the University Of Vermont in Burlington where she earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies. She first became interested in food systems and food justice after working with farmers in a rural coffee community in El Salvador. After graduating, Laura Rose spent some time on a vegetable farm in Vermont and WWOOFed on an olive farm in Spain. Her background in sustainability, local food and restaurants led her to help open and manage a farm-to-table breakfast café for the past year. LR really enjoys working with kids, which is ONE reason she is so excited to be at Amber Waves this season! She also loves bikes, cheese, live music, maple syrup and adventures.
Adrienne grew up in Cleveland, OH, on the magical shores of Lake Erie. She has been excited about growing food since she lived and worked on a farm in Vermont during her junior year of high school. Adrienne continued to study food during college and graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies with a focus in food systems and community development from Allegheny College. At Allegheny, she also studied art and participated in several community-based public art and design projects. After graduating in May of 2013, Adrienne headed east. She worked the farming season as an apprentice in the Hudson Valley on a small organic farm. She spent this past winter selling Christmas trees in Queens, NY and working on a zine about the piney season. Now, Adrienne is back in New York and is excited for the 2014 farming season. Adrienne loves tasting dumplings, printmaking, soul dancing, and cooking with friends! She is looking forward to tasting the flavors and smelling the smells of the East End as well as having endless adventures at Amber Waves Farm.
Ben is a 22-year-old from Chevy Chase, Maryland. This May he graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in Literary Studies. At Middlebury, Ben spent most of his time reading, drinking too much coffee, and working at WRMC 91.1 FM Middlebury College Radio, where he served as General Manager during his senior year. He has also spent time working with ex-offenders, waiting tables, and studying at Oxford. Ben is new to the farming world, but his love for food, the beach, and general living things has made him really excited to join Amber Waves this summer.
Brendan is a 22-year old Nassau county native. He graduated from Clemson university (a.k.a. the Harvard of South Carolina) with a degree in history and philosophy. Brendan worked at farms in South Carolina and Long Island before joining the Amber Waves crew. In his spare time, he enjoys painting with watercolors and climbing manila rope. He is excited to be a part of the Amber Waves crew and have an awesome season.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Mark graduated from Georgetown University in 2013 with a degree in foreign service. While in DC, Mark oversaw a campus community garden, played ultimate frisbee, and did some general rabble-rousing through his work as a student activist. He spent this past year working with a small NGO in rural Panama, writing guides to sustainable land use practices and trying valiantly to cram his brain full of Latin names for tropical plants. Mark likes reading, baking, exploring new places, learning new things, and generally getting dirty, and he is excited to do all of the above as part of the crew at Amber Waves this year.