About the Farmers
Emily Dietzman Asmus started her farming career as a senior in high school with three laying hens in the Wa-Hi FFA poultry barn. Having tapped a deep passion Emily went on to apprentice at, work on, and then manage mixed vegetable operations and garden-based learning centers in Eugene, OR and Olympia, WA After a decade of maritime learning and growing, Emily returned to the agricultural community of the Walla Walla Valley in 2007. Building the business and integrated farm system of Welcome Table, developing skills as a teamster, and raising two young girls on the farm keeps her busy! Life is full and filled with many blessings.
Andy Asmus began his career in agriculture at the age of 18 as the sole ranch hand on 1400 acres of cattle land in northern Montana. He has since worked in construction, landscaping, and tree care. Andy especially enjoys selling good clean food directly to folks at the farmer's market. Come on by for a chat, a sample, and some of the tastiest produce in the valley! Follow his regular farm updates on Facebook. Andy agrees with K. Gibran that “Work is love made visible.” Andy adds that “Food is love made edible.” As an ISA certified arborist, Andy also runs Home Orchard and Tree Care, which offers a full range of tree services from the smallest home-scale orchard to the tallest trees in town.
Carolyn Dietzman does double duty on the farm as “Nannah” and as a partner in the floral endeavors. She trials new plant varieties, ties the tricky ribbon arrangements, and puts together the weekly CSA bouquets--in between walks, snacks, and games with the kids. Where would we be without Nannah?
Hazel and Cora Jane Asmus are the number one taste-testers on the farm. They consistently give high ratings to the tomatoes, carrots and beets, sweet corn and bacon.
Chandler Briggs, a 29-year-old Southern California native, gave up a life in the sand for one in the soil. He has been farming vegetables, fruit, flowers, and livestock for the last six years. An aspiring teamster, he joined Andy & Emily for the 2012 season to learn the craft of working horses on the. He spends his free time baking, cooking, eating butter, and organizing with the Washington Young Farmers Coalition and Cascade Harvest Coalition.
Joel Sokoloff came to Welcome Table Farm in 2012. He returns for 2013 to further hone his skills as a teamster, grow food, and help the farm better care for our tools and equipment. Joel couldn't be more pleased with the farmer freckle tans, working with animals, and reaping the rewards of learning many new skills here in Walla Walla.