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.
In addition to working on the farm, Neely is our Communications Intern. If you send us an email, you'll hear back from her! Neely also handles our social media accounts and CSA program. Stop by our market stand at Oxford Community Market and say hi!
Neely is from West Point, MS. She is a current student at the University of Mississippi studying Public Policy Leadership and Business. She's passionate about making good food accessible to all of Mississippi, starting here in Oxford.
Amy is one of our farm interns. She has been with us for over a year, and we are so grateful to have such a hard worker on the farm!
Amy is from Meridian, MS. She is an Art student at the University of Mississippi and a full-time Oxford resident. She also is an organizer of Quasar Writing & Arts, which showcases local artists.
Lucy is another farm intern and our resident photographer. Lucy can be seen on the farm in the fields, at the market chatting with local vendors, or anywhere around town with her camera!
Lucy has lived all over the world, but she calls Oxford home for now. She's passionate about photographing rural Mississippi and learning new cooking recipes to try at home.
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.
Meowgli can usually be found getting into trouble, but we love him!
Favorite activity: sneaking into the greenhouse
Merton is our favorite supervisor and resident old man, but he's still got a lot of spunk left in him!
Favorite activity: laying in the sun
Jack usually likes to stay out of the action, but he's an integral part of our farm team!
Favorite activity: keeping an eye on greenhouse work