Caroline Chiu

co-owner / Farmer
 

Caroline is originally from Richmond, BC, with an academic research background in Agriculture Economics. While she valued her time in research, a desire to gain first-hand experience in agriculture production led her to the Farm School at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Richmond. Caroline started out with the incubator farm Golden Choy Farm, specializing in growing Asian greens. She now brings her expertise to Riverside Farm in a continued effort to increase the supply of organic Asian greens to the local community.

 
 
“The first year was a steep learning curve, but no one ever said farming would be easy. Being a farmer is a lifetime of learning.”
 

As an economist, Caroline is very interested in seeing and analyzing how the farm’s operations translate into figures on excel. She hopes to gain further understanding of the intricacies of all levels of our local food system, with a goal to point out the gaps and challenges and identify ways of improvement. She remains involved with the Richmond Farm School as the Program Coordinator and strives to expand this program to all corners of BC.

 

Jenn Cline

co-owner / farmer
 

Jenn comes from an education background in International Development Studies, with a particular focus on food systems and food security. She has a passion for all things food related, with a previous working career reflecting that passion. Jennifer spent eight years working as a cook in the service industry in Vancouver, Whistler, and Winnipeg. She has had experience as Program Assistant with Growing Chefs, teaching kids how to grow, cook, and eat nutritious vegetables. She is excited to connect people to seasonal eating and the local food system.

 
 
"For me, farming is another step to understanding food, food systems and community. It complements and challenges my previous experience in what it means to feed others."
 

As Volunteer Coordinator at The Sharing Farm in Richmond in 2016, Jenn facilitated the volunteer-driven operations aimed at growing nutritious food for the Richmond Food Bank. Most recently, Jennifer has been working with Hop Compost, whose mission it is to close the food waste loop by creating organic compost from service industry food waste. She too jumped feet first into the farming world establishing Riverside Farm following the completion of the Farm School Program.

 

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Ian Chagunda

digital media & communications manager / farmhand
 

Ian joined the Riverside team in our second year following an unconventional path into farming. He comes with an extensive background and experience honing his communications skills at Matchstick Coffee as barista, manager, roaster, as well as being the 2015 National Latte Art Champion. Creativity, welcome, and hospitality very clearly describe Ian. His experience in digital media is self-taught, and he is excited to utilize those skills in showcasing the growth at Riverside. Ian is currently also completing a B.Sc in Chemistry at Simon Fraser University, hoping to next embark on a Master of Food Science.  

 
 
"I'm just here for the turnips."
 

Ian found his way to the farm initially as a volunteer in our first year of operation. He built onto his knowledge and creativity from past experience in the food service industry to further gain a deeper understanding of our local food systems. It is this insight into the nuances of farm operations that eventually grew into a more dedicated role of managing the digital media and communications of Riverside Farm, along with continued hands-on work with the soil.  Jenn and Caroline are very excited to have Ian as part of the Riverside team.