Meet Your Farmer

Dave and Lydia Liker

Dave has been growing organic crops and involved in organic agriculture for almost 25 years. Growing up and working in southern California, as well as high altitude Colorado, Dave has been cultivating ground in several diverse climates. Always pushing towards a more sustainable relationship with our planet, Dave has turned many soil types into productive lands that have fed many people for over two decades.

Lydia brings a passion and enthusiasm to Gorman Farms. Lydia has been involved in several aspects of animal husbandry and sustainable green-building for over 20 years in the USA, Mexico and England. Lydia’s ability to prepare the farm’s fresh produce has helped her lead the recipes and kitchen efficiency content of the CSA newsletters.

Dave and Lydia are raising four children on the farm. All the kids are bearing witness to and getting involved in the simple pleasures of a farm lifestyle. The kids all eat and love their broccoli and spinach as they have a strong connection to where it came from and what was involved to get it on their plates.


The Crew

Gorman Farms has a stellar staff of highly talented and motivated individuals. Along side Dave and Lydia, they are creating and providing  high quality produce. Gorman Farms is dedicated to its staff as they are conscientious and diligent. The farm is a sum of its parts and we are honored to be working along side such great talent.

Kathryn Braun: CSA Manager

Growing up with a mini farm in her suburban backyard, Kathryn learned at an early age the fantastic difference in home grown organic produce versus grocery store bought produce. After studying archaeology and cultural resource preservation, Kathryn traveled extensively for 15 years working and studying all over the USA, Puerto Rico, Kenya, Guinea, and South Africa. After completing an apprenticeship in Urban Farming, Kathryn is now managing the CSA program and weekly distributions. Kathryn is passionate about helping the Gorman staff connect its members with the delicious produce and the whole farm experience.

Ricardo Gomez: Field Production Manager

Ricardo has been managing the field crew and production systems, along side Farmer Dave, since 2010. He maintains Gorman’s high standards of organic crop production. Ricardo’s dedication to the farm has helped productivity soar over a short period of time. Ricardo is responsible for all the crop management systems on the farm, from planting up through harvest. We are so fortunate to have Ricardo and his consistent dedication and attention to detail.

Charlie Brandts: Beekeeper

Charlie raises bees full time in multiple locations and is the Beekeeper for the The White House. A careful, considerate, and meticulous beekeeper with decades of experience, Charlie raises his bees as an art with dedication and sophistication. Charlie is a testament to the craft by his endless attention and understanding of the bees fight for survival. The relationship bees play with producing bountiful crops can not be highlighted enough. His bees play a key role in feeding humans.

Over the years, Charlie’s honey has become quite coveted. Its flavor and freshness is superior to other honey and the anti-allergen benefits of local honey are amazing. (for some almost prescribed.) His bees support Gorman crops and our crops support his bees. His ethics of sustainability and working with nature go hand in hand with Gorman Farms. Charlie and Gorman Farms have had a synergistic and reciprocal relationship for 9+ years.