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.
Find out more about what Amanda and Katie have been up to
Emma Leavens grew up in Missouri and earned her B.A. from The Evergreen State College in Washington. She moved to the east end of Long Island a year ago to apprentice at Amber Waves Farm for the 2012 farming season. She is staying on for another season as Crew Leader.
Our 2013 Crew
Veronica grew up in Philly, graduating with a degree in Urban studies and Spanish at Temple University. She managed a low income CSA program in Philadelphia and spent last year working as an intern on an organic farm in Humboldt County. Veronica likes taking art classes, exploring the outdoors, and pretending to be a farm ninja out in the fields. Her current favorite vegetables are beets, kale, cauliflower and radishes. She hopes to farm around different locations throughout the US.
Nick grew up in New York City where he attended the Dalton School. His passion for math and science led him to Vanderbilt University where he studied Engineering Science with a focus on energy and environmental systems. After graduation, Nick spent two years working with an energy and sustainability consulting firm in New York City where he performed energy audits and developed analysis models for commercial and residential building owners. His love of the outdoors and fresh local food eventually overcame him and he has since moved to East Hampton to pursue a career in organic farming. Nick likes all sports and outdoor activities, his dog mars, and tomatoes.
Abby was raised in Scarsdale, NY and graduated from Cornell University in 2013 with a BS in International Agriculture and Rural Development. Through her fieldwork in the rural regions of developing nations, she discovered her passion for working with agricultural smallholders to improve on-farm practices, participating in a community- and local-based approach to food systems, and educating others. Her love for nature, backpacking, ultimate Frisbee, and exploration has her incredibly excited to get dirty working on Amber Waves Farm this season. She is looking forward to meeting the Amagansett community and growing and eating some delicious fresh veggies, including some of her favorites: Brussels sprouts, broccolini, and peppers!