Meet Our Staff
Connor Murphy: Farm Manager
Connor has worked in organic agriculture since 2008 when he completed the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) Small Farmer Education Program in the Salinas Valley of California. After ALBA, Connor became a Farm Apprentice at Grant Family Farms, a large-scale organic farm in Northern Colorado. There he helped to start and manage a poultry and livestock program to serve one of the largest community supported agriculture (CSA) programs in the country. In 2010 and 2011 Connor managed production at Red Wagon Organic Farm, a thirty-acre mixed vegetable farm selling at the Boulder County Farmers Market, through a CSA, and to local restaurants.
Connor temporarily left agriculture in the fall of 2011 to study Spanish and pursue a career as a teacher. He returned to farming the very next spring to become the CSA Farm Manager at Growing Gardens, an urban agriculture non-profit serving youth throughout Boulder County. At Growing Gardens, Connor combined his love of farming with his love of teaching. This passion led him to Evergreen in 2016. Connor is thrilled to collaborate with the tremendous staff, faculty, and students at Evergreen. He savors the opportunity to interact closely with people from diverse backgrounds in a place that offers the opportunity to teach and learn every day.
Connor will complete his Masters of Environmental Studies (MES) degree in June 2020. His thesis work is focused on evaluating the outcomes of student participation on the Organic Farm.
Dave has been a member of The Evergreen State College faculty since 2007 where he teaches Sustainable Agriculture. Dave left Evergreen in 2009 to become the Education Director and Farm Manager at 21 Acres in Woodinville, WA. He returned to Evergreen as a permanent faculty member in 2010. Prior to coming to Evergreen in 2007, Dave was the Research and Outreach Coordinator for the WSU Small Farms Program. While at WSU his research focused on alternative nontoxic control of cabbage maggot and carrot rust fly. He also started the now very popular Farmwalk series while a member of the Tilth Producers of Washington Board of Directors.
He received his BS in Zoology and MS in Botany at Clemson University, and his PhD from Texas A&M University in Entomology with a focus on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Toxicology. Prior to coming to work for the WSU Small Farm Program, Dave was an Associate Professor of Biology at The University of Utah teaching Human Physiology, Entomology and biochemistry. Dave was a National Institutes of Mental Health Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, working on Insect Developmental Neuroendocrinology.
Dave’s goal for the farm is to have it the best teaching farm in the country. He wants it to support every type of farming a student might want to pursue as a potential career. The vision is for the farm to be a model for cutting edge approaches to organic farming, i.e., farmscaping for pest management.
Beth: Farm Assistant 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!
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.