Meet Team Yokna
Founder and Owner
Doug is Yokna's founder, director and leader. When he's not on the farm, he is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. His academic fields include teacher assessment and professional development, the preparation of educational leaders, and the history and philosophy of education. Doug has published academic writings in a number of significant educational journals, presented academic dialogue at over fifty scholarly and professional conferences throughout his career, and is the previous editor of The Journal of Personnel Evaluation in Education. He is also the past president of the Society of Philosophy and History of Education. Doug's experience includes teaching public high school social studies --and coaching-- in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Doug is passionate about providing the Oxford community with high-quality organic produce and being an active and engaged advocate for underserved communities. He uses Yokna Bottoms to work towards food stability in our communities.
Yokna Team Members
The hands that gets it done, under Doug's guidance of course.
I've been here on and off since 2018. I love working at Yokna for the time spent in nature, the sweet people, and the fulfilling work of growing good food.
Since starting at Yokna I have fallen in love with my job because it has allowed me to connect with the the local community in Oxford and provide them with produce that I grew and cared for myself. My growing passion in sustainable food production keeps me excited to come to work everyday.
Working at Yokna has given me the opportunity to engage with Oxford's local food economy in a holistic way. From the fields to the market, we are cultivating community, environmental awareness and equitable, fresh produce. Everyday, I get the opportunity to be outside and carry out rewarding work!
I've worked at Yokna since spring '22 and what keeps me coming back is the feeling of hard work I can be proud of, where I'm able to watch food start from seed and leave in the hands of our community members
AKA: Berry, Jupiter, and Canyon (not pictured because it's impossible to corral all three for a picture) They are tasked with the important job of keeping the farm hand happy and keeping the rabbits out of the fields, we love them and are as happy to see them every morning as they are happy to see us
Whoofers, friends and neighbors are indispensable in their contribution at Yokna. We welcome WHOOFers, volunteers, and other friends of the farm. We would not be able to do all that we can without extra help!
Over the years, the farm has enjoyed hosting many individuals and flourished from their extensive contributions. Friends and WHOOFers visit the farm from far and wide, bringing their own talents and ideas. From as close as directly across County Road 471 and as far away as Argentina and Germany, we have hosted friends from all parts of the world.