Alex Karol ’05

Current town: Cambria, CA (near Big Sur)
Hometown: Wayland, MA CVA
Discipline: Freeride Skiing
Alex Karol ’05 is currently the Farm Manager at Linn’s Farm in Cambria, California, where he has been working for the past two and half years.  He manages a diverse organic vegetable farm and orchard for Linn’s farm-to-table restaurant.  The farm grows 60 different varieties of vegetables primarily for the restaurant and a weekly farmers’ market and sells their excess to other local restaurants and grocery stores.  Their main crops are heirloom tomatoes and lettuce. Prior to this position, Alex  worked for many years landscaping and gardening and always loved being outside and working with his hands.  He came to organic farming from “a desire to be part of the solution instead of the problem when it comes to the health of the environment that sustains us. Growing food ecologically seemed like the noblest thing I could do with my time, not only benefitting the earth but the people who eat it.”

I graduated from the University of San Diego in 2010 with a B.A. in Humanities, focus in Visual Arts.  I moved out to Tahoe with Ryan McDermott and Silas Miller after CVA in pursuit of bigger mountains, a lot more snow, and minimum wage ski resort jobs, then to San Diego for 4 years to surf my brains out and do a little studying.  After college, my girlfriend and I spent a winter in Jackson Hole, then back to the sea where my heart lies, but this time up to the rural central coast of California, where we have been living with our 2 dogs the past 3 years.  My girlfriend Kelsey works on the farm with me as well. I worked a gardening job in Cambria for about a year before coming to Linn’s Farm. I am planning to start my own farm in the near future.