Emily Gaines spent a number of years teaching in the California public school system before leaving to pursue farming. As a credentialed teacher working in Title one schools she had become increasingly disillusioned with the traditional public school systems ability to reach the students who need the most help. Raising a son with severe learning disabilities she was personally aware of how significantly the school system can fail students who are not traditionally successful.
Emily earned her bachelor’s degree at California State University, Sacramento. As a farmer Emily has continued to find joy in teaching; working on the board of her local beekeepers association to encourage volunteers in the classroom, mentoring new growers as they embark on their own farming journey, writing guides and articles to help others grow. She is deeply committed to helping the next generation of agricultural enthusiasts to find their calling and their confidence.