Caroline Duell and Ryan Rich are co-owners of Four Elements Farm along with Mikel Robertson. Their intention for the property is to share a living model of sustainability and land restoration through farming and education. Ryan and Caroline live on the property with their daughter, Kalia, born in January of 2011. Welcoming her to the world makes Four Elements a true family farm. She’s already spent many days planting and weeding with the crew. Mikel Robertson lives in San Luis Obispo and runs Green Goods.
Who We Are
Ryan has been farming for 16 years. He earned a B.S. in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Vermont in 1995. He has always farmed organically and strives to build soils rather than deplete them.
He connects with the seasons, the variances of weather and subtle differences within the fields and hills.
He has worked at the local and state levels tackling issues related to risks of genetically engineered crops and foods. He has never used genetically engineered crops on the farm and never will.
Ryan is also the Director of Sales for Elemental Herbs and enjoys kite-surfing and skiing.
Caroline’s background is in herbal medicine, wilderness education and natural healing. The combination of these fields inspired her to start her organic bodycare business, Elemental Herbs.
The calendula for All Good Goop, the company’s handcrafted healing balm, is grown on the farm, and her employees enjoy the benefit of a monthly CSA box of the farm’s freshest produce.
Elemental Herbs’ vision is that people are inspired to live in balance with nature. The strong tie between Four Elements Farm and Elemental Herbs is an important manifestation of this vision.