Cayla Catino was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She attended college at Slippery Rock University where she earned a degree in Music Therapy and minored in Psychology and Non Profit Leadership in 2011. Cayla has returned to GeerCrest Farm after a few years in Nashville, TN where she was the Site Coordinator at GiGi’s Playhouse-Down syndrome Achievement Center. With a passion for the non-profit sector and working with children with special needs, Cayla is excited to put many of her interests together as the Site Director at GeerCrest Farm. Cayla loves to make pies, go swimming, create music, take road trips, and frolick through the fields with her favorite animal at the farm Farm-Yuni the goat.
Born in Portland, Adam McKinley studied biology in the front range of Colorado (at Colorado College), before moving to western Colorado to learn farming and permaculture on small, diversified veggie and cut flower operations. Adam spent a few years studying and working as a Massage Therapist in Kaua'I, HI, before returning to the Willamette Valley in 2012. Adam has lived and worked at GeerCrest since autumn of 2012 as a farmer, steward, learner and educator, bringing his joy of connecting all ages with the homestead and nurturing a healthy farm system. Favorite animal on the farm? The bees!
Patty Parks-Wasserman joins us from New Mexico. As the Farm Elder, Patty brings life experience, compassion, patience, wisdom, and diversity to the multi-generational farm family. Patty is a Permaculture Diplomat, who founded the Institute of Permaculture Education for Children in 2006, and held Permaculture Design Certificate courses at UNM. She is a passionate permaculture educator who has worked extensively with children and youth in a wide range of educational settings, and trains teachers in bringing permaculture into the classroom. She is currently creating the Anytown Food Forest Project, and worked with Albuquerque Open Space in the development of a two acre public food forest, involving public schools. She also applies her BA in Spanish, studies in science, engineering and education, her experience teaching public middle school science in the farm education programs.
She is delighted to be the mother of three gentle-hearted and critically thinking young adults. Thriving in the farm family life, joyfully finding innumerable ways to weave in her work and life experience, appreciating the creativity that comes from living a life at the intersection of nature, education, a rich history and an agrarian -whole community- life at this momentous time. Favorite Geercrest Farm animal? the students - our teachers and co-creators!