Joanna grew up in Oakland and Berkeley. She wanted to come back to her East bay roots to live and farm.
Joanna currently lives in Oakland and farms in Sunol. The Sunol Ag Park is a great resource for small beginning farmers. This is part of what attracted Joanna to the land. As well, the Ag Park is close to her home of Oakland and has great Yolo-Loam soil! The land is unique being on the "urban-fringe" and it hosts seven other farmers. The land itself is unique in being owned by the San Francisco Water District and managed by the Non-profit SAGE.
At the Ag Park Joanna has the opportunity to collaborate with the other farmers as well as work with Ag Advisor and Farm Mentor Jim Leap. Jim Leap has been hired through a USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher grant to help farmers at the Ag Park with various needs, from soil questions to crop plans. He is also hired by the farmers to do tractor work. He keeps his tractor and implements at the park to do cultivations and help with bermuda grass eradication.
Bluma means Flower in Yiddish. She remembers her grandparents speaking to each other in Yiddish and someday hopes to take Yiddish classes.