Farmer-Priest + Farmer-Scholar
Rev. Kerri Meyer + Dr. Jennifer Blecha
The Rev. Kerri Meyer, the Executive Director of Good Courage Farm, is an ordained priest in The Episcopal Church. Before making the leap to a fruit farm in rural Minnesota, Kerri served as Associate Rector of St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Kerri's role on the farm is both visionary and practical. As both farmer and priest, she engages daily with the agricultural and spiritual life of the farm, leading worship services and faith formation programs. Though she's a Master Gardner, she especially loves tending the animals who make their home on the farm, whether livestock or wildlife.
Dr. Jennifer Blecha is Associate Professor of Human Geography at San Francisco State University, teaching courses in food and agriculture systems. Prior to living in the Bay Area, Jen was embedded in local food systems work in the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Jen's expertise is divided equally between policy and practice. You're as likely to find her on a tractor applying microbial innoculants to the soil as you are to find her in front of a crowd, enthusiastically sharing about regenerative agriculture as a solution to both the hunger crisis and the climate emergency.
Jen and Kerri both bring a love of music and liturgy to the farm.
Food, Faith + Farm Manager
Rev. Christian Muellerleile
Rev. Christian Muellerleile is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Christian has served various small town and rural churches in Michigan and Minnesota since 2006. Before becoming a pastor, Christian worked at several food co-ops and Community Supported Agriculture farms in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. He is an alumnus of Gustavus Adolphus College, The Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Luther Seminary, and the Collegeville Institute Rural Minnesota Fellows Program. He also served as the Vice Chair of Meeker Area Ministries- a ministry housing homeless people in Meeker County since its founding in 2010.
Christian lives in Litchfield, MN with spouse Kateri and kids Antonia and Augustin where they enjoy outdoor adventures, music, and good food. In particular, Christian love to sing the faith and dig in the dirt. His interests include, mountain biking, canoeing, skiing, archery, neo-monasticism, outdoor ministry, fishing, guitar playing, and contemplative spirituality.
As the Food, Faith + Farm Manager, Pastor Christian oversees the intersection of fieldwork, worship and hospitality. Volunteers who come to the farm to help grow the food that we give away will find Christian a welcoming, skilled guide to this fruitful community space.
Farm Operations Manager
Delaine Woods manages the operations of the farm and oversees the business of produce sales through Good Courage Farm LLC. With a double degree in chemistry and metalworking, Delaine capably keeps the machines running, the cider flowing, the animal feed balanced and the tools sharp. Experience in wildlife rehabilitation centers around the world means that Delaine is a blessing to farm animals and wild creatures who are hurt, ill or orphaned. Although he's not on the staff of the nonprofit, Delaine is the face of hospitality and helpfulness, meeting many visitors and groups.