Christine Pielenz


Christine hails from Germany. After coming to San Francisco in 1995 she founded the family foundation Potrero Nuevo Fund with her husband, Bill, which supports after-school arts education, school garden programs and sustainable architecture for low-income communities. She always has enjoyed growing her own vegetables; in 2008 she decided she needed more space to grow things and bought Potrero Nuevo Farm.

Bill Laven

Bill taught literature at the secondary level for 8 years and photography from the secondary to post-graduate level for 20 years until he retired from teaching to found the Potrero Nuevo Fund with Christine. He now runs the farm with Christine.

Jay Trexler

Farm Manager

Jay came on board at PNF in 2011 to co-manage with his wife Suzie. The two first farmed together at the UCSC Farm & Garden apprenticeship, where they met in 2008. Since then he's been farming on the Coastside and leading wilderness therapy trips in Oregon, but he is happy to be back in the soil and working together with his wife on the land where they married. When he's not farming, Jay enjoys woodworking and picking out old time tunes on his claw hammer banjo.

Suzie Trexler

Farm Manager

Suzie found her way to farming as a Boston food critic. She quickly realized that she had no business writing about carrots and kale until she knew where it all came from. She volunteered at east coast farms like The Food Project and Siena Farms before landing an internship at Spannocchia in Tuscany, Italy, working with heritage breed farm animals. From there, she apprenticed at UCSC's Farm & Garden and met Jay - her future husband and farming partner. The act of farming, for Suzie, is a grounding force that provides connection to everything that matters. Suzie is excited to be in her sixth season at Potrero Nuevo Farm.


Top Dog

Faster than the speed of light. This greyhound can outrun our John Deere 10 times out of 10. His preference, however, is any sunny soft spot and a farm egg on the side. When he's not napping or hiking in the hills, Tracker teaches rookie dog Bear how to sniff out gopher holes around the fields.


Farm Dog

Bear joins the farm crew as resident guard dog, hailing all the way from Knoxville, TN. He showed up with the red clay of the South in his paws but has quickly taken to digging in the the dark soils of the west coast. We can hardly recall the pure white coat he showed up in. As a Great Pyrenees, he has taken naturally to the farm, and we look forward to putting him to work hauling veggies from the frield.