Clay Erskine grew up surrounded by the beauty of nature – his father was a National Park Service Ranger. Clay knew early in life that he needed to be outdoors while he worked. For his first career, Clay worked as a ski and snowboard instructor – something he still enjoys doing during the winters at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area. Clay attended Boise State University and majored in biology. It was not until after he married Josie and traveled the world that he found his true love of farming. Clay is passionate about his soil, his plants, and his trade – so much so that when spring hits, Josie considers the farm his first wife and she moves to second place!
Josie Erskine is a proud Idaho native: in Idaho she was born and in Idaho she will die. Josie loves to get her hands dirty. Flowers excite her and the sight of rows of veggies makes her giddy. She always needs to activate her creative side and finds no better place than the garden to do so.
Daisy and Tilly are the farmers’ daughters. The farm is a magical place for them and they are always around to lend a helpful hand.
Lexa is the farmers’ niece. Daisy and Lexa do a wonderful job of keeping the wash station under control during the busy market prep on Fridays – as well as keeping us all on our toes with some groovy tunes.
To raise fruits, vegetables, and flowers organically takes many skilled and dedicated hands. These are the folks who work hard growing and harvesting food for Peaceful Belly – they seed, plant, weed, harvest, wash, and deliver your food. As farmers, we are blessed to share our day, the sun, and the farm with these wonderful souls. We would describe our crew as a bunch of plant-worshiping, dirt-loving, overly-talented folks with creative spirits.
Currently, we have a crew of about 10 dedicated farm hands.
Jess is passionate about conservation and she believes organic farming plays an integral role in saving the world, one plant at a time! She is a dedicated, organized, and strong individual – Jess makes sure business gets done while at the same time managing to make us laugh with her sly and clever sense of humor. Jess has her own mini farm in Boise, where she cultivates the soil in the company of 1 dog, 2 cats, 4 chickens, 5 bunnies (all named after characters from old TV shows) and a million earthworms!
Katrina is an Idaho native who enjoys working with plants and getting her hands dirty! She is an enthusiastic and hard-working member of our team. You’ll recognize Katrina by her big smile and infectious laugh. Katrina’s energy and commitment keeps us motivated and cheerful. She loves farming because she learns something new every day and because it connects her with the earth. “The earth heals us and it fascinates me.”
Annie was born and raised in Idaho and this is her first season with Peaceful Belly. She earned an associate degree in agricultural science and pursued farming because she believes it is one of the most effective ways to address our world’s environmental crisis, with the added bonus of nourishing its people with healthy food. Annie is a wonderful addition to the team – she is motivated, knowledgeable, and always eager to lend a hand. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and reading.
Stephanie is excited to return to Peaceful Belly for her third season! Stephanie sometimes turns yellow when she applies sunscreen after picking tomatoes. We like her anyway. She enjoys reading, writing, backpacking, and making the occasional no-budget short film. One day, she hopes to have a homestead where she will do everything from brewing kombucha to hanging out with goats and chickens to tapping maple trees for syrup!
Max is originally from Portland, Oregon. He enjoys working with his hands, and he especially loves the creative aspects of farming – farming is very much its own art form, it’s just that instead of using paints and paintbrushes, you are working with plants and dirt! He is hard-working and fun to be around. We are excited to have him here for his first season on the farm. Max’s favorite vegetable to eat is broccoli but his favorite vegetable to wear is a carrot (he’s hoping to get a tattoo of one someday!)
Matt hails from Waterbury, Vermont. Matt’s family operates an organic dairy farm and he has been involved in farming since he was 12-years-old. We enjoy his helpful nature on the farm. Case in point: in the picture, you see Matt returning Pickles to his rightful home after his morning escape (i.e. “holiday!”) Pickles returns the favor with kisses. In his free time, Matt enjoys woodworking and hanging out with his 1-month-old silver lab, Odin. His favorite vegetable is a cucumber.
Danielle is excited to begin her first season with Peaceful Belly and she loves being part of the crew. Danielle earned a BA in art from the College of Idaho, as well as an associate degree in aqua culture. One day she hopes to have her own sustainable farm. In her free time, Danielle makes sculptures from real fish. One of her pieces can be viewed in downtown Boise!
Working day-to-day with these people is a gift. Each day, we share a delicious meal made from fresh fruits and veggies from the farm – of
ten harvested just hours before – and this time together helps us bond and understand each other, creating a wonderful sense of community and camaraderie.
Over the last 13 years, we have been blessed to have so many amazing people working with us on the farm. Our farm hands are an integral part of our team. We truly have the best tribe in the world.