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The Moon Phase Farmers Origin Story

Moon Phase Farmers are a small farmworker collective with 2 current member owners: Angie and Beto. We met 4 years ago at Green Art People, an outdoor art and music venue in Ventura, California. We have been planning our own farm business together for the last 2 years. We've grown together and currently leasing a field and greenhouse at Branch Mill Organic Farm & Retreat Center in Arroyo Grande, central coast California.

After studying urbanization in China for a Global Studies (Sustainability) bachelor’s degree at Azusa Pacific University, Angie interned with The Abundant Table Farm in Santa Paula California, where they grew CSA produce for 50 shares on 2 acres. Then, at Jardin de Raices Comunitarias aka Community Roots Garden for 3 years on a meager budget Angie coordinated volunteers growing up to 80 diverse crops at once on a 1 acre urban farm in Oxnard, California. Using a walk-behind tractor and hand tools, Angie and volunteers donated freshly harvested produce to nearby shelters, hosted students of all ages and fed innumerable community groups. Last year Angie also worked as an outdoor educator teaching 3rd graders about the soil food web on farms around Ventura County. Since 2015, for three weeks every August, Angie is a dispatcher for the Black Rock City Emergency Services Department where she coordinates emergency communications traffic for a temporary city of 70,000 transient citizens. Angie recently graduated from a Cal Poly intensive course in Agribusiness Management and is an accomplished beekeeper, musician, and Reiki practitioner. Reach Angie at angie@moonphasefarmers.com

After serving 6 years in the US Air Force maintaining avionics systems (among other things) in 5 countries, Beto returned to his home community in Ventura to study agricultural engineering, industrial design and manufacturing. He co-founded and designed the curriculum of a competitive entrepreneurial program and business incubator Aspire³, which annually teaches over 1200 K-12 and CSU Channel Islands students how to write business plans for mission-oriented products. Beto is a Permaculture Designer and for 4 years helped build urban gardens, taught ecological literacy, and prepared meals for garden volunteers & veterans groups out of the North Oxnard United Methodist Church kitchen and home kitchens. He also leads community workshops in organizational governance and the study of cooperative enterprises. As an activist, Beto was a 3 year board member of BikeVentura, a nonprofit community bike kitchen, and frequent volunteer with urban food recovery nonprofit Food Forward, leading volunteer groups in gleaning operations and ad hoc logistical support to county emergency food relief organizations. Beto enjoys designing tools and systems to make farming more economical, ergonomic and accessible, and graduated from a Veteran Farmers of American alpaca husbandry internship and an intensive program at Cal Poly for Agribusiness Management. He is an endurance cyclist, skilled chef, and performance artist. Reach him/them at beto@moonphasefarmers.com


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