Farmer In Residence
The Inn at Little Washington is pleased to introduce our Farmer in Residence, Joneve Murphy. Joneve oversees all farming operations at the Inn, including multiple vegetable gardens, a dwarf cherry tree orchard, and a 672-square-foot greenhouse, all of which yield 8,000 pounds of the highest-quality produce annually for the menu of Chef/Proprietor Patrick O’Connell. She also tends to the chicken coop, sheep, llamas and goats on the property’s “Field of Dreams.”
Joneve was born in White Plains, New York, grew up there, in Maine and in Hong Kong. She attended the Environmental Science and Forestry University in Syracuse New York where she graduated with a BS in Environmental Biology. Joneve started her farm career soon after college as an apprentice at Green Meadows Farm in South Hamilton, Massachusetts in 2003 where she first fell in love with growing for chefs, and selling produce to restaurants in the Boston area. After 3 years there, she moved to Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont, growing for the restaurant and inn on the property. She moved to Virginia in 2009 for a position at Ayrshire Farm in Upperville. During her time there she grew vegetables and fruit on 13 acres, attending 3 farmers markets per week and selling produce to various chefs in the DC and Northern Virginia region.
Joneve started the farm program here at The Inn in the spring of 2011 and tended and expanded the farm for 3 years. In May of 2014 she went on a sabbatical for a 2 year journey where she traveled to 18 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and Central America to study organic agriculture for her project Farmer Seeking Roots. She worked on more than 200 farms growing everything from coconuts to wasabi, vegetables, grains, fruit, fish and animals as both a volunteer and consultant. She learned traditional farming methods as well as modern ones to compliment her own knowledge in the field. She plans to continue this research and volunteer work during the winter months.