Founder and Owner
We started setting up markets to connect farmers and makers with eaters in the community. As farmers we wanted to have a say in our marketing. Why not start our own! We want to see a food system that is ecological and socially nourishing of all cultures and organisms. Direct Marketing by Farmers is an integral principal of Food Sovereignty. As Farmers we strive to build a just an equitable food system.
Maceo started out as an intern farming with Soil Born Farms, learning the ropes from Elle Huftill-Balzer. He then went on to start H&K Farms at age 14, now located on 20 acres in south Natomas. Maceo is currently at the Univeristy of California Berkeley finishing his B.S. in Agroecology and Food Systems. Maceo is a research fellow with the Global Food Initiative at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, conducting experiments on Soil Carbon Management, Ecological Tomato Flavor Improvement and Compost Use.
Co-Founder and Owner
Sherrie joined her son, Maceo, on his farm when he graduated highschool. Since then Sherrie has been an integral part of the farm and is the co-founder and co-owner of the Rancho Murieta Marketplace. Sherrie has been a Montessori educator for 15 years, she continues her passion for education by mentoring young people on the farm and at the market. Sherrie is often found leading field trips at the farm. Sherrie loves working the earth and growing food, so much in fact that the market day is her day off she says!
Kajol is a researcher and student at UC Berkeley, finishing her two degrees in Environmental Health and Gender Studies. She has taught courses on Food Justice and Sustainable Gardening at the UC Berkeley Student Organic Garden Association as well as served as a commissioner for the Berkeley City Council's, Community Health Commission.
Kajol finds that true sustainable solutions come from paying attention to the intersection of both ecological as well as social issues. The combination of environmental justice and feminist theory will provide an interdisciplinary framework critical in making a fertile food system which holistically addresses structural and systemic inequities and injustices.