Meet Our Staff

Beth Leimbach Farm Manager

Beth: Farm Manager

Beth has been farming organically since she took the first Practice of Sustainable Agriculture program at Evergreen in 1992. After graduation in 1994, she became the Organic Farm Caretaker until 2002, worked on small farms, and also worked for a landscaper. From 2000-2002 she served as the Master Gardener for the Nisqually Tribe, bringing fresh food to the Elders, training youth, and re-establishing native food plants. From 2002-2011 she was the Farm Production Manager for Left Foot Organics, a 3- acre non-profit organic farm that employed people with disabilities and youth and engaged community volunteers. After Left Foot closed, she became the Farm Manager for GRuB (Garden Raised Bounty) another local non-profit (founded by Greeners!) that serves disengaged youth through an alternative farm school.

Beth was excited to return to Evergreen in 2015 to work with student farmers and help the farm program grow. In addition to her work at Evergreen, she works in her own business, GreenActs, as a garden designer and small farm consultant; volunteers with the Native Plant Salvage Project; performs improvisational theater with The Heartsparkle Players (also started by Greeners!); and directs an a cappella choir at Temple Beth Hatfiloh in downtown Olympia.

Favorite Crop: Since she thinks all plants are amazing, she can’t choose just one!

Image
Butch

Butch: Pest Management Solutions

Butch has been with the farm since 2011. According to local legend Butch arrived in the dark of night, like a shadow with golden eyes—seen between the hours of 10pm and 7am most often—wrapped in a basket, with a warning note about his sheer skill as a hunter. Butch is most inspired by territory preservation, be it the farm perimeter, a basket he's intrigued with, chairs not yet graced with his fuzz, though he favors available laps.