Chickadee Farm is owned and operated by Kelly Gelino and Sebastian Aguilar. Kelly and Sebastian first met as apprentices on a CSA farm in 1997 and have been farming together ever since. They are also the proud parents of their three children, Emma, Ezra and Noah.
Kelly grew up in Minnesota and Michigan and graduated from UM with degrees in english and woman’s studies. After college and traveling through Europe, she followed her passions for good food, medicinal plants and sunshine to New Mexico where she decided to experience farming and has been hooked ever since. She is a master at creating beautiful flower gardens, keenly observing the insect life of the farm and diligently accomplishing whatever the farm calls for – all on top of being a mom extraordinaire!
Sebastian grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico and first experienced the magic of gardening with his Papy (Grandpa) in France. Papy was a meticulous and avid gardener and Sebastian’s childhood summers with him collecting mulch, making compost and caring for the tools are some of his favorite memories. Sebastian is passionate about making the farm the best it can be… with healthy soil, quality crops, efficient systems and happy people. Sebastian also loves to teach about farming and has been on staff at the Organic Farm School since 2010. In addition to managing Chickadee Farm, he continues to assist the Organic Farm School part time, was recently hired as an educator for the OSU Extension Small Farms Team, and volunteers as a board member for the Organic Seed Alliance.