Brendan Gannon joined Canewater Farm as the Vegetable Production Manager in January of 2016. He grew up in South Carolina's Lowcountry, but found his love for farming while living in New York, where he spent the last few years working in vegetable production on organic farms.
Tired of New York's hard winters and missing the smell of pluff mud, Brendan is glad to be back in the Lowcountry and is excited to be part of the team at Canewater Farm.
John LaNeve is Canewater's Operation Manager. He moved recently to southeast Georgia from Florida where he was working as a boat captain. He serendipitously arrived at Canewater during its infancy. He is involved in all aspects of the farm. His skills as a brilliant waterman have helped us develop the Canewater Oyster business. He is a wonderful addition to the team. His humor and easy-going attitude keeps us grounded. He lives with his wife and four boys on their farm in Brantley County.
Chance works part time for Canewater. He spends most his days keeping the property looking beautiful and the farm alive on Sundays when the rest of the crew takes a day off. Chance loves to fish, hunt and has to fight the McIntosh County girls off with a stick.
Travis moved to the low country of Georgia 6 months ago after leaving South Florida where he serviced life safety equipment for several years. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2011 with a bachelors in communications in journalism and is currently writing a book loosely based on his life in his off time. He enjoys the outdoors and experimenting with cooking.
Daniel grew up in coastal Georgia and got his start in food hawking sugary goodies in Savannah. From there he got pulled down the rabbit hole into organic farming through a community garden that sprang out of an abandoned parking lot. Before arriving at Canewater, he worked on organic farms from southern Pennsylvania to St. Croix.
Blythe Bourne is a Georgia native, but she has spent most her life in Northern California. She spent the last three years working on a free range ranch in the beautiful oasis of Capay Valley. Blythe has her Associates degree in Cultural Anthropology, and is currently working towards her Bachelors degree in Environmental Sustainability. She hopes to use her knowledge to help people create ecological and sustainable gardens and homes. Blythe thinks the sand gnats are rough in the summer, but the sun rising over the farm in the morning makes it all worth it!
Laura Powell is one who has dotted the i's and crossed the t's for many years. She has worked in both management and finance within the legal field, as well as handling accounting for entrepreneurs and visionaries. She left Jacksonville, Florida, for the more verdant McIntosh County, and it's here she found what she was seeking.........Mother Earth, breaths of fresh air, the marsh and ticks. She built her dream home in a rookery and celebrates every living creature that crawls, slithers, ambles and flies into her path.
Vincent West is the Packaged Products Manager. Vincent is a native of Atlanta where he graduated from high school. He went on to attend college in the North Georgia Mountains at Young Harris College. Growing up, Vincent spent many summers on Cumberland Island. It was these experiences that helped Vincent develop a love of the coast and low country. Vincent has worked in many fields including construction and horticulture. At Canewater Farms, Vincent is responsible for all packaged products which include polenta, grits, cornmeal, cornbread mix, corn flour and fish fry. Vincent’s disciplined work habits insure exacting standards and quality control for all of Canewater Farms highly sought after packaged products.
Rafe and Ansley Rivers
Rafe and Ansley Rivers own and operate Canewater Farm and Canewater Oyster Company along with talented and passionate coworkers.
Rafe received a degree in Business & Environmental Ethics at the University of Georgia and a certificate in Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
He spent several years working on a wide array of organic vegetable and pasture based animal farms across the country including Georgia, Idaho, California, New Mexico and Vermont before starting Canewater Farm.
Ansley received her BFA from the University of Georgia and MFA from California College of the Arts. Ansley is an artist who converted a 1920s cabin named the Rum Runners into her studio at Canewater. Her website is www.ansleywest.com She also runs an artist in residency program on the farm called the Thicket, www.thicketresidency.org
Ansley pulls late nights after her day job as an artist and mother to fine tune the Canewater brand, photography and design. Without her, Canewater would still be stumbling around in the dark ages with no website. The creative allure of our farm is all Ansley. From grits labels to market and website design, she is the anchor that keeps these boys in
line at the farm.
Rafe & Ansley understood the Low Country was a growing market with a need for more farmers so decided to build their farming dreams in Southern Georgia. Along with the farm, the landscape provides adventure in the vast marshes, river systems, and barrier islands of the Low Country that they explore with their dog, Waylon and beautiful daughter Emmalou.