Easy Bee FarmOur Story
Easy Bee FarmOur Story
About The Farm
Easy Bee Farm
This is the third year that Easy Bee Farm has been growing food and offering CSA shares to the Moab community. Easy Bee Farm has worked with NRCS to develop a conservation plan that promotes native pollinators through habitat planting and hedgerows. In addition to our 2 acre farm, Easy Bee Farm currently leases a quarter acre property down the road to supplement our production space.
Our growing practices focus on the health of the soil using only organic practices. Easy Bee Farm builds soil through organic amendments, cover cropping, crop rotation, companion planting and mulching. We use drip irrigation to conserve water. Compost is made on-site from plant matter and food waste, with the occasional addition of composted chicken manure. Pollinators are key to our farm and we promote them however we can through flower, herb and perennial plantings. Easy Bee Farm also keeps two honeybee hives on site.
Jess Oldham and Rhonda Gotway have come together to collaborate on the CSA program. Jess learned from and worked with Rhonda at the Youth Garden Project for two years and then took over as Garden Manager for two more years. Together, Jess and Rhonda grow a wide variety of wonderful nutrient dense food!
We invite you to learn more about the people of our farm below.
About The Owners
Rhonda Gotway Clyde
Rhonda has been growing food on her property in Spanish Valley for 11 years and in the Moab valley for 25 years. Rhonda has worked with countless individuals, nonprofits, and businesses to help educate on growing practices and increase the production of healthy, local food to our community.
She has fed countless people in Moab from a small space and plans on expanding the current garden area to include fruit, berries and a new large area of her property for more vegetable production.
When not in the garden, Rhonda enjoys spending time with her husband and her pets in the red rock back country.
Jess had her first garden in her parents’ backyard in high school and has been growing food ever since. She studied global environmental studies in college. The more Jess learned about our issues as a planet, the more she saw the need for stronger communities where food is produced locally and with the greater environment in mind.
Jess moved to Moab in 2008 and worked 5 years with the Youth Garden Project, an organization dedicated to growing food, empowering community and teaching youth about environmental stewardship.
She is also the founder and owner of Farm Yard, designed to encourage others to grow food in their yards and work with fruit trees. When not digging in the dirt, Jess is exploring the canyon country with my husband and son, climbing rocks, cooking delicious meals with friends and planning the next road trip.
About The Support Staff
This will be Lisa’s third year as a worker share member. Her previous farm experience, her love for and ability to create delicious farm fresh dishes, her artistic eye and her positivity have made her an incredible addition to the farm. Originally from Switzerland, Lisa brings that Swiss charm and efficiency to Easy Bee Farm. She also brings the best laughter.
LBJ aka Mr. Kitty
Mr. Kitty was attracted to the garden as a kitten in 2013. He adopted Easy Bee Farm as his home because of its abundance of nutrient dense bunny meat and other rodents. He works hard and sleeps hard. As supervisor of pest management, he is exceeding all expectations.
Resident rabbit and his clones are addicted to the organically grown vegetables of Easy Bee Farm. He used to share just fine with us, but he and his growing number of offspring (all named Alf) have recently become a little greedy. Now he lives outside the rabbit fence in the grass and looks longingly at our salad greens.
Emily Klarer worked with Rhonda and Jess at the Youth Garden Project in 2010 and has been a friend of the farm since its beginning. This will be her second year as a worker/share member. Emily’s eye for detail has not only helped at the farm, but also makes her an incredibly talented photographer and story teller. She is also a part owner of a new gym in town.
Chi the garden dog is the newest member of the Easy Bee Farm team. He is a member of the Techichi, a 6,000 year old Aztec breed of Chihuahua, and he exemplifies his roots. He oversees both the entertainment and public relations departments. Chi is the face of the farm, so you’ll be seeing many photos.