About the Farmers
We are always looking for great teammates, if you are interested in joining our farm, we recommend starting by volunteering (see Farm Schedule). We are always taking applications for our immersion or WOOFER program (see Volunteer, Immersion, WOOFER Program).
Meleana Judd-Cox, Farm Manager- Born and raised on Oahu, Mele graduated from Punahou in 2000. Growing up with strong environmental ethics and primarily a vegetarian since age 12 when she learned about the devastating impact the factory farmed meat industry has on our environment, it wasn’t until Pitzer College when she became aware of the importance of organic agriculture and started working in the organic garden on campus. After graduating and obtaining her Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC), she has been slowly working towards her goal of creating a sustainable living homestead. Since 2005 she has primarily been working for her family-owned solar business, (Inter-Island Solar Supply locally and SunEarth in California), and spent two sessions at Hawaiiʻs State Capitol learning the ropes of policy to help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and increase the local production of non-GMO food. Following her policy work, she began taking agriculturally-based courses at UH Manoa, worked briefly in a few nurseries, visited many farms, and spent a year working for Hawaii SEED doing public outreach about the value of local agriculture and dangers of the genetically engineered seed industry we host. She actively attends local agriculture meetings, workshops and conferences.
Alex Cox- Alex was raised on the North Shore and grew up eating from the abundance of his family and neighbor's backyards. Sharing Meleana's passion to grow food for our community, he has been by her side on her journey to transform a field of California grass into the thriving farm we have today. If he’s not hunting barrels at backdoor, he loves working with wood especially reclaimed wood to make picture frames, www.reclaimitframeit.com.
Jerome Prentice- Jerome was born and raised a mile away from the farm. As the farm's Manager of Operations, Maintenance and Machinery and one of the founding teammates (starting in 2007), he has worked with the family farm to install photovoltaic systems and has applied his skillset to the core building and maintenance projects on-site. He completed his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) in summer 2012 and enjoys sharing the farm with his children.
Scott Haines Scott is originally a Narragansett Beach local. He is a two time East Coast Surfing Championships invitee. While in college at the University of Rhode Island, Scott was the Assistant General Manager of the radio station WRIU in Kingston, Rhode Island. After leaving college, Scott spent many years touring the mainland as a professional drummer for Jamaican based reggae bands. In the tradition of his New England family, Scott has been a carpenter since a young age. He comes to the North Shore via Maui where he managed a warehouse for a retail company and surfed Honolua Bay. He has recently celebrated his 10 year anniversary on the North Shore.
Eliza Johnson, Garden Manager: Eliza hails from Park City, Utah by way of Middle America (B.A. DePauw University, Indiana 2006). She has been a Waihuena Farm team member since the farm’s inception evolving from a farmhand in 2010 to the Garden’s Manager (along with her partner, Caleb). Eliza has worked in Ag on Oahu since 2008 in various capacities at multiple nurseries and farms finding her passion growing food in our garden initially under the guidance of Jillian Thorpe, and teaching yoga in our neighborhood-often on property. Eliza completed her first of many teacher trainings while working on the farm (Conquering Lion Yoga 2012) and has gone on to earn Jivamukti certification (300 hours). She is RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance. Eliza is a dedicated runner, student and teacher of yoga, long-boarder, music-enthusiast, as well as gardener. The product of a long lineage of hobbyist and professional female growers (Maralynn/Granny Wonderful, Jill/Mama, Waihuena’s first manager/dear mentor Jillian, Karuna, bikini goddess Carol Silva, and eco-warrior Mele Judd-Cox), Eliza is at home in our women-built and woman-run haven.
Caleb Monroe, Garden Manager: Caleb moved to the Northshore from NorCal in 2006. He grew up in the orchards and rice fields of Live Oak learning about weather systems and permaculture from his grandfather, Poobah, a Tahoe area forest ranger and all-around badass. Caleb grew up in Future Farmers of America, working in rice mills and in agriculture from the time he was 14. He began farming on Oahu in 2009 at Pupukea Gardens organically growing lettuce, baby greens, and tomatoes with love. Caleb has built hydroponics systems and grown organic greens through traditional and hydroponic methods. Caleb is radically knowledgeable and passionate about providing his neighbors and friends with nutritious, safe, and ethically grown food. Waihuena Farm has been lucky enough to employ Caleb since 2011; he co-manages the garden with his partner, Eliza, and handles all table-grown greens and tomato operations. Caleb enjoys surfing, skiing, little dogs, and live music in his free time…interests he and Eliza share.
Menko Mckee- Menko graduated from Cornell in Economics. He left a corporate job on the mainland to return home to Hawaii and re-connect with our 'aina, starting at Kaukonapalooza farms. He joined the team in 2013, focusing on thoughtfully expanding our food forest corridors (including our Native Hawaiian plants such as kalo) and heads our Wednesday volunteer program. An avid bodysurfer, he is also working on super secret new bodysurfing technology (once his website is up we will post it), or you can check out his “Backyard of Life” facebook page.
India Dawn Clark, CSA Manager- India joined the team in 2015 after being a CSA member and active supporter of the farm since 2009. After graduating with her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning, she helped develop community-based food and energy resilience plans, policies and training programs through her work with with the University of Hawaii Hawaiʻinuiaʻkea School of Hawaiian Knowledge Loli Aniau, Maka‘ala Aniau (Climate Change, Climate Alert) “LAMA” program, UH William S. Richardson School of Law's Island Climate and Policy Center (ICAP), the NOAA Pacific Services Center, the Golden Gate National Park Service, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation, the Waipio Valley Taro Farmers Association on Hawaii Island, and Olohana Foundation. She is currently enjoying her role as mother and living on the farm as part of the Waihuena “Farmily”, connecting with community through the weekly CSA and learning how to plant food and medicinal crops.
Amelia Haack [bio coming soon]
ACTIVE WOOFERS [coming soon]
Ellen Lana: Before working and living on Waihuena Farm, Ellen, spent her college years co-managing a student run farm with her friend and now fellow-WWOOFER Alyssa Alder. She was drawn to Waihuena Farm by the principles of organic and natural farming in an area that was unfamiliar to her. Since moving to the farm in October 2016, she has learned about the native plants that make Hawaii unique and beautiful and how to grow them in a way that is mutually beneficial to the Earth. She has also learned the importance of community through our CSA program, especially in respect to how powerful a community can be in achieving a greater good once united.