MEET OUR FARMERS
JOHN DINDIA AND BAILEY SAMP
John and Bailey met traveling in South America & quickly discovered their shared passion for good food, community, and traveling! Their love for NoMI, and passion for farming has drawn them back to TC where they've been working hard to build a farm together since 2017. Bailey has a B.S. in Business Management and John has a M.S in Environmental Studies and a B.S. in organic Horticulture from Michigan State University. Their diverse backgrounds have helped them build a successful farming career together. When not on the farm, they enjoy hiking, traveling, and having a drink at the beach, and cooking local food with friends.
Production Assistant & Outdoor Washpack Lead
Social Media Rockstar
Daniel has worked on gardens from Portland, Oregon to Michigan. After settling in Northern Michigan, he received an Associates Degree in Environmental Sustainability from Northern Michigan University. Daniel enjoys spending time outdoors with his partner, Devin, and his two adorable dogs, Hattie and Piqua. They hike, bike, ski, and shred together on a variety of wheeled mediums! Daniel has a passion for supporting our local, organic food system and is excited to be part of the Lakeview vision and team!
Washpack Lead & Food and Safety Lead
Community Partners & Outreach
Michelle Jacokes earned a B.S. in Food Industry Management from Michigan State University, and a minor in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Michelle has worked on large- scale biodiverse organic farms in Western MA and NoMI. She came to NoMI to serve as an AmeriCorps member with the GTRLC in a land stewardship role, and thereafter worked as a produce safety technician with the Manistee Conservation District. Her passion has always been for regenerative agriculture and she enjoys connecting with the ever-changing aspects of agriculture, as well as expanding innovative ways for farms to take steps to safer produce and conservation driven initiatives. When not farming, she loves to immerse herself in the great outdoors; cook; listen to records; and explore the wonders of NoMI!
Seeding & Propagation Lead
Danielle has a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Sustainability from Northern Michigan University and has worked on many small-scale sustainable agriculture farms throughout Michigan. From the U.P. to Grand Rapids, and now Traverse City, she is excited to get back up north! When not farming, she spends her time outdoors with her dog, biking, practicing yoga, and traveling.
Jake is interning at the farm to complete his Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management Degree through Michigan State University. Before this, he traveled to Maui, Hawaii to work on farms, WWOOF, and learn massage therapy. Jake's multitasking skills are on point, he has a passion for organic farming, and he loves spending time outdoors!
Tatum has a degree in Fine Arts and has worked on farms in Sweden and northern Michigan. Tatum is a skilled farmer, dedicated artist, seeker of good bike rides, and all around awesome person to have on the team!
Alice is a recent graduate from Traverse City Central High School. She has experience in organic farming, and a passion for sustainable agriculture. Alice is an avid Birder and spends much of their time exploring northern Michigan to find and watch the many native birds in our area. When the birds aren’t around, she also enjoys the hobbies of knitting and crocheting!
In the fall, Alice will be attending Evergreen State College to study in the arenas of Environmental and Plant Sciences.