Board of Directors

Dan Perkins,

Farm Director & Secretary

Dan Perkins was born in Manhattan NYC in 1961 into a family of educators dedicated to the Civil Rights movement and ending the Vietnam war. Dan's mother, Lisa Newton (remarried) is an environmental ethics professor and writer. Her latest book on Urban Agriculture will be published later this year and includes a chapter on Partridge Creek Farm. Dan's father James Perkins was a history teacher in Harlem and later at the Dalton School and he started the Manhattan Country School in the Catskill mountains to give inner city children the experience of working and living on a farm. This farm school is still going strong more than 50 years after it's inception and Dan's experience on that farm is part of the foundation of his vision for Partridge Creek Farm.
Dan moved to Ishpeming in 1996 with his wife Pam who grew up here. He started his Metal Roofing company, Dan Perkins Construction, Inc. the following spring and now employs a crew of 15 seasoned metal installers who install roofing over the entire UP and Eastern Wisconsin. Partridge Creek Farm evolved from gardening with neighborhood children and becoming involved with their lives. A board of directors and 501c3 status was formed in 2013 and we have been building children's programing and gardens ever since.

Phil Toutant


Karen Blake


Aaren Joki

Staff & Support

Jesse Semph

Farm Manager

May Tsupros

Permaculture designer. Herbalist.

Partridge Creek Farm staff and organizational support and development.

Ray Bush

Dale Honeycutt

2020 Summer Interns

Lauren Caprini

Summer AmeriCorps

I am going into my Senior year at Northern Michigan with a Sociology major and a Marketing minor. I am originally from the suburbs of Chicago and play on NMU's volleyball team. I love eating good food with good people and enjoy spending time outdoors, especially hiking and boating!

Rachel Lefor

Community Care Intern

I am a senior at NMU studying sustainability and entrepreneurship. I have plans to open my own greenhouse and community garden in the future.

Jonny Youngson

Summer AmeriCorps

I am an NMU student working to major in environmental science. I am a lifelong enthusiast of the outdoors and aim to find a profession in sustainability. My passions are science, fiction, and science fiction.

Zoe Tardy

Growing and Giving Intern

I am a student at Northern Michigan University, studying Environmental Science with a concentration in Natural Resources. After graduating (and attempting to ride all of Marquette’s mountain biking trails), I hope to use my understanding of the environment to promote food justice, security, and sovereignty for healthier people and a healthier planet.

Rishi Prasadh

Summer AmeriCorps

My name is Rishi and I am so excited to be part of the PCF team this year! I am currently a senior at NMU studying Medicinal Plant Chemistry and Economics. In my free time, you can find me wandering around in the woods looking for mushrooms and edible plants, cooking up some vegan meals, or jamming with some local musicians.

Elizabeth Armstrong

GIS Intern

I’m Liz, a current Junior Environmental Science student at NMU who’s pursuing a certificate in GIS as well. I love being outdoors and being active, whether it be long distance running or cruisin’ on my road bike. Through this GIS internship at PCF, I am so excited to combine my immense interests in GIS and sustainable, community driven local food systems by using the ArcGISPro software to map out crops on the farm, analyzing their soil treatment history, tracking plant/harvest dates and so much more!

Isabelle Payette

Summer AmeriCorps

Hello! I'm Belle, I'm from Traverse City and moved up to Marquette to study ecology here at NMU. I've had experience working on farms in MI and ME as well as a permaculture farm in the Philippines. I'm thrilled to work at PCF this summer to help provide food to the community as well as meet some awesome people!

Jonathan Medendorp

Summer AmeriCorps

I am from Grand Rapids Michigan and have taken an interest in sustainable agriculture over the last year. I am currently pursuing an Associates of applied Science in Agriculture from Bay de Noc Community College