Julia Shanks- chef, entrepreneur and multi-engine instrument rated pilot - received her professional training as a chef at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampshire College in Aviation Psychology, and MBA, Magna Cum Laude, from Babson College.
Julia's passion for cooking began when she was 12 - years old, cooking her way through the Time-Life Cookbooks. As a chef, Julia worked in restaurants around the country, developing a taste for fresh, local and seasonal foods.
Today, Julia consults with restaurants, farms and food producers, helping them maximize profits and streamline revenues. in her tiny, urban garden in Cambridge, MA, she harvests vegetables seven months out of the year.
Brett Grohsgal has been the chef in 8 establishments and cooked in seven others, from New England to Louisiana to California and at sea, and over a twenty year period. Brett earned a Bachelor's degree in Botany from Berkeley and a Master's in Soil Science from North Carolina State University. As Brett's passion for cooking great foods evolved he began growing his own produce and in 1996 he and his wife, Dr. Christine Bergmark, bought 100 acres of prime land in Lexington Park, Maryland.
Brett manages Even' Star Organic Farm for reliable harvests and for respectful environmental stewardship. Brett and his treasured crew harvest crops year-round for restaurants, grocery stores, universities, and farmers' markets. The driving force of the farm since 2004, however, has been its CSA, which serves over 200 families in the winter months and 300 families in the summer.
Even' Star remains committed to the ideal that life is too short, and farm life too arduous, to ever grow or eat boring foods.