Staff

  • Kurt Jacobsen
    Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics and Entomology- University Of Arizona 1983
    Kurt has worked in Organic Agriculture in California for over 30 years. He has extensive experience in organic production of fresh culinary herbs, specialty vegetables, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. Kurt also spent time conducting contract research for a private consulting firm in Watsonville, CA and most recently spent two years as the National Organic Supply Manager for Driscoll's of the Americas. For the past two years he has worked for Farm Fuel Inc as a Field Services Specialist focused on demand planning, logistics and consulting surrounding the Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation Program.
  • Taylor Hoover
    Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences; Concentration in Fruit Science -- Cal Poly: San Luis Obispo 2016
    Taylor began his college career at Saddleback community college in 2010 where he aspired to gain a degree in business. After almost two years, he decided to take a class in horticulture, ultimately changing his career direction towards agriculture. In 2013 he was accepted into Cal Poly. The summer before his first year at Cal Poly in 2013, Taylor began working as a part-time field technician for Farm Fuel Inc. During his time at Cal Poly, he was voted to be the president of the Cal Poly Penguins Motorcycle Club, where he was able to recognize his leadership skills. He worked as a lab assistant for three of his professors, which landed him a position as a lab assistant at UC Cooperative Extension where he worked closely with blueberry and blackberry production. In the winter of 2016, Taylor graduated with honors and finished Cal Poly with a 3.8 GPA. After nearly four years with Farm Fuel, Taylor now works as Field Consultant and Field Technician Manager for the Southern California region. His focus is to work closely with farmers and production managers to make the correct soil-health decisions for their specific crops while overseeing the field monitoring protocols for ASD systems.
  • Stefanie Bourcier, CEO and research director for Farm Fuel Inc., holds a MS. Stefanie's background is in field research and data analysis. She has been working with Farm Fuel Inc. since 2007 developing and implementing research projects on farms throughout California and into Baja California, Mexico.
  • Dr. Joji Muramoto
    Bachelor of Science., M.S., and Ph.D. (Soil Science, Agricultural Chemistry) from the Tokyo University of Agriculture, Japan
    Dr. Muramoto joined Farm Fuel as a Senior Researcher/Consultant in Dec, 2016. He also works for the Department of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz as an Associate Researcher (Soil Science and Agroecology). He has extensive experience in research on soil fertility and soil-borne disease management in vegetable production in Japan (1986-1996) and organic strawberry and vegetable production in California (1996-Present).  His current research projects include optimizing anaerobic soil disinfestation (ASD) to California strawberries (2003-), a collaborative research and extension network for sustainable organic production systems in coastal California (2011-) and immobilizing mineralized nitrogen from cole crop residues using organic amendments (2016-). He is excited to be a part of the Farm Fuel team and looking forward to work with customers who wants to make their farming operations more sustainable.
  • Lucy Toyama
    Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Studies and Economics, University of California, Santa Cruz 2013
    Lucy joined the Farm Fuel team in April 2016 with over three years of experience working in Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation and mustard seed meal research at the University of California, Santa Cruz under some of the premier researchers in this field, Dr. Carol Shennan and Dr. Joji Muramoto. By applying for grant funding and conducting research trials, Lucy contributes by fine tuning Farm Fuel’s products and services to best meet the nutritional needs of a variety of crops and serve as alternatives to fumigation. Lucy also keeps Farm Fuel up-to-date on organic compliance with OMRI, the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the Washington State Department of Agriculture.
  • Ellen Farmer
    Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, San Jose State University
    Master of Public Policy, Panetta Institute/CSUMB, 2006

    Ellen has served at Farm Fuel for four years as Marketing and Sales Manager, connecting with farmers, gardeners, retail outlets, rural supply companies, ag publications, and mustard product enthusiasts throughout the U.S., Canada and Central America. With a background in the international coffee trade and family farming, she is most at home promoting sustainable practices that enhance healthy soils and turn conventional agriculture into carbon farming that serves the planet while providing food for the public and business income to farmers.
  • Fernando Garcia
    Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Studies and Film and Digital Media, University of California, Santa Cruz 2015
    Fernando is currently serving Farm Fuel in the areas of biofuel and production, research, and regulatory services.. He has worked intensively within ASD systems in strawberries, starting out as a research assistant for the Shennan Lab in UCSC in 2014. His passion for sustainable agriculture eventually led to his discovery of Farm Fuel. Fernando also has experience in a wide variety of other cropping systems including, turnips, carrots, apples, broccoli, lettuce, and Brussel sprouts. His main interests are agroecology, integrated pest management, renewable fuel, and entomology.
  • Alex Sauerwein
    Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Agriculture and Policy University of California, Santa Cruz 2015
  • Diego Merino
    Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Studies, Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, UCSC, 2017
    Born and raised in Marin County, California, Diego was introduced to the environmentalism movement at a young age. He is grateful to be working at Farm Fuel while finishing his degree. He plans to pursue his interests in organic and sustainable agriculture, hemp and cannabis cultivation, and the effects of different land management practices on the carbon sequestration rate. He believes sustainable agriculture is achievable, and has proven his devotion and commitment with a tattoo that says “AG life”.

Board

  • Ken Kimes of New Natives organic greens is the president of Farm Fuel Inc. and organizes harvest and logistics for Farm Fuel Inc.
  • Larry Jacobs is the CEO of Del Cabo and Jacobs Farm. Del Cabo was started in 1985 as a network of organic farms in Baja California supplying fresh off-season cherry tomatoes to the global market. Del Cabo has since grown to over 400 family farms. Jacobs Farm produces fresh culinary herbs.
  • Henry Smith is a master carpenter, naturalist, expert mechanic, and biodiesel aficionado.
  • Jim Cochran is president of Swanton Berry Farm, a 75 acre certified organic farm on California's Central Coast and has pioneered organic strawberry production. He is an active member of the Roots of Change Council.

Join Us

  • Internships in marketing and sales of Pescadero Gold mustard seed meal
  • Research project opportunities for graduate or undergraduate students.
  • Job opportunities- fieldwork, production, sales

For any interest in these exciting endeavors, contact us.