Dede grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey and didn’t like even watering the house plants, let alone working in the garden. Yet, after graduating college and moving west to San Francisco, she discovered her love for being outside, getting dirty and growing food through WWOOFing in Hawaii and New Zealand.
In 2008, she moved to Pescadero to apprentice with Pie Ranch for two years. While at Pie, she was able to soak up knowledge from Jered and Nancy (and Lucas and Rosa) and learned a lot about vegetables, livestock, teaching and juggling through experiential learning. From there she worked at Harley Farms, overseeing their kidding operation, and caring for and raising the newborn goats.
After leaving Harley Farms for a season in Maine at Seal Cove Farm goat dairy, she was pulled back to California and introduced to Kate and Jeff and Echo Valley Farm in neighboring Loma Mar, CA. There she helped develop and manage their 7-acre mixed vegetable and animal farmstead, and gained a wealth of knowledge through their openness and willingness to try almost anything. She stayed at Echo Valley for three years before joining forces with P.O.S.T. and landing in this beautiful valley to start Root Down Farm.
Dede is passionate about humanely raising healthy, happy animals and her passion grows deeper when educating and connecting folks to the meat they chose to eat. Other than coaching high school basketball in the winter, running a farm, and snuggling the zoo inside the house, Dede also spends her time running the nearby trails, drinking cups of creamy black tea, talking about whats for dinner, and convincing folks she isn't Ellen Degeneres.