Sarah Woutat, Farmer
Sarah came to farming after a wide range of experiences and jobs in several cities, including Portland, Oregon and New York City. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in English, she spent six months working on organic farms in France and Spain, and traveling around Europe. Her love of food, both eating and preparing it, led her to explore countless farmer’s markets across the country, eat local foods, and get to know her farmers.
After two years in the environmental publishing business in New York City, Sarah acted on a growing interest in sustainable food production by accepting an apprenticeship at Fort Hill Farm in Connecticut. At this well-established organic vegetable farm, Sarah fell in love with farming. She learned everything from how to tune up a tractor to how to make compost. Following her second season at Fort Hill, Sarah returned to Minnesota to continue her farming education at La Finca CSA near Sandstone.
She took ownership of what is now Uproot Farm in September 2010.
Vivian Wauters, Assistant Farm Manager
Vivian begins her third season of farming at Uproot in 2015, after interning here in 2013. She is a California native who applied for her first farming internship after deciding to take a break from a doctoral program in Linguistics. Initially, Vivian saw farming as an opportunity to spend some time outside and learn about good quality vegetables and local food systems. After one season at Uproot, however, Vivian was smitten with small-scale farming, and has been working on farms ever since. She is excited to return to Uproot after one year’s absence with more experience and endless enthusiasm!
Sam Rydell, Intern
Sam will be starting his first season farming at Uproot in 2015. Sam grew up in Fargo, ND, graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN with a degree in Healthcare Administration, and has been working in Minneapolis since then. Sam comes to Uproot Farm seeking an opportunity to have a direct impact on the communities he serves by providing healthy and local food. He comes with a lot of excitement and determination to contribute and learn as much possible.