Meet Our Contributors

These fine folks contribute to the blog, the Word Farm, and the Idea Farm.
Kim Bateman

Kim Bateman

Writer and Photographer

Kim Bateman hails from Truckee, California, in the heart of the Sierra, where she is the executive dean of Sierra College’s Tahoe/Truckee campus and a popular psychology professor. A passionate student of folklore, Kim weaves lessons from classic tales into contemporary contexts, offering her readers insight into the processes of coming of age and grieving, just to name two. Chiron Publications recently published her first full length book centered around this work, Crossing the Owl’s Bridge: A Guide for Grieving People Who Still Love.  Kim is known for her engaging presentations, which you can find on TED.com. When she isn’t serving as dean, teaching, speaking, or writing, you can find Kim sauntering along the beautiful trails in the Sierra, or painting, afterward, in her studio.

Carolyn Crane

Carolyn Crane

Writer and Photographer

Carolyn Crane has lived in the Sierra Nevada for most of her life. She began writing in earnest at the age of ten, when her mother placed her late brother’s handwritten poems and essays in her lap, encouraging her to continue his legacy. She is a published playwright, poet, and essayist. For fifteen years she was a radio personality, essayist, and news reporter for KVMR-FM in Nevada City, California. Carolyn began her teaching career with California Poets in the Schools, and now teaches English at both Sierra College in Rocklin, California, and University of Phoenix, Online. In 2011 she began writing here at Lightcap Farm, and she picked up the camera as well. One of her greatest joys is creating forage on the farm and then sitting back to watch as the bees arrive, buzzing with gratitude.

Janet Gardiner

Janet Gardiner

Writer

Janet Gardiner comes to us from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she can frequently be found flipping burgers at a high end burger joint, When she’s not at work, Janet studies communications and journalism. In fact, she is obsessed with storytelling in all its forms. She keeps company with an ill-behaved cat named Eudora Welty Gardiner, who answers to Dori. Janet enjoys drinking whiskey and making elaborate meals with friends, and when she kicks back is known to inhale films from any genre. She blames her perfectionism on the curse of Virgo. On a typical balmy Baton Rouge evening, you can find Janet, with Dori nearby, listening to poetical music as one of her current reads lies open on her lap.

Robert Haycock

Robert Haycock

Writer and Photographer

Robert Lee Haycock is living proof that it is possible to read too many books.  Here are a few favorites that got stuck in Robert’s ears:         Job, The Ramayana, The Golden Ass,  Le Morte d’Arthur, Montaigne’s Essays, Gargantua and Pantagruel, Tristram Shandy, Washington Irving’s Tales of the Alhambra, Harte’s Outcasts of Poker Flat, Borge’s Dr. Brodie’s Report, Cheever’s The Swimmer, Calvino’s Invisible Cities, anything by Louise Erdrich…He once thought that Art School was a good idea way back when and Robert blames his parents for failing to talk him out of it.  He has been an art handler at the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum and the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco since 1988. Robert is not sure if he was born in 1956;  Robert was awfully young back then and there was a lot of stuff going on.  He grew up in California’s Santa Clara Valley, “The Valley of Heart’s Delight,” and now resides in Antioch, California, “The Gateway to the Delta.” Since Robert commutes six hours each day, he can often be spotted on BART, snoring.

Carolyn Waggoner

Carolyn Waggoner

Writer

Carolyn Waggoner lives in Davis, where she has taught college composition at Sacramento City College and UC Davis for almost thirty years. She also works seasonally as a holistic reader of freshman applications for the UCD Office of Undergraduate Admissions. She received a BA from Mills College as a Steele Fellow, after which she did graduate work in literature at UC Santa Cruz, Leningrad State University, and UC Davis, where she completed her MA and doctoral coursework and exams as a Regents’ Fellow. When not otherwise occupied, Carolyn plays handmaiden to a large assortment of spoiled rescue animals, including four imperious tortoises. Her short fiction has appeared in Blue Moon Literary & Art Review, been featured on Stories on Stage Davis, and performed locally. When she’s not evaluating essays or tending to tortoises, you can find Carolyn in her office, hacking away at a collaborative novel.

Armida Cervantez

Armida Cervantez

Writer and Photographer

Armida Cervantez comes to us from Abbey Country, northwest of Phoenix.  She has a B.S. in Child Development from Walden University, and has completed coursework at Rudolph Steiner College as well. An herbalist, Armida received her plant medicine education from her grandmothers as well as renowned herbalist Kathi Keville. She has worked as a zookeeper and a naturalist. She is an artist, writer, and the director of a community-based donation program for parents and children. She is working to reclaim her indigenous identity, which will connect her with her O’odham ancestors.  In early morning or late evening, she draws inspiration from walks in the desert, where she discovers wildlife hiding among the mesquite.

Steven M. Ford

Steven M. Ford

Writer and Photographer

Steven M. Ford was raised in the hills of rural northern California, where he still makes his home today. He has been a soldier, a cop, and a wastewater treatment operator, where he actually did deal with other people’s shit. Currently, he divides his time between his work as an EMT, leading wilderness explorations in the Sierra, and going to punk shows with his kids. The epitome of the self educated man, Steve is an expert not only in the history of mountaineering, but in American music, film, and literature as well. If he’s not ascending a mountain peak in freezing temperatures (earning his nickname “Icewall”), he’s most likely cozied up in his cabin with a steaming cup of tea, Chopin on the stereo, and a biography of Tenzing Norgay in his hand.

Jeff Hattem

Jeff Hattem

Writer

Jeff Hattem lives in a fantasy-modulated time capsule in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, where he keeps company with his beloved wife and a large variety of vertebrate animals. He is trained as an ethologist, and he continues to be interested in all aspects of animal behavior, including human behavior. He keeps and breeds several species of vertebrates, including members of the genera Testudinae and Chamelontidae. In the crepuscular hours of his day, before he takes pen to paper, he is often found outside, meandering with a variety of animals in his lush garden.

Stephanie Hayes

Stephanie Hayes

Writer and Photographer

Stephanie Hayes grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended UC Berkeley, where she majored in Communications. Her years at Cal began for her a process of radicalization, and she has continued her movement toward the Left ever since. She currently resides in Sacramento, where she works as credit manager for a privately held company. An avid reader, writer, and traveler, Stephanie has visited Germany, Vienna, Chicago, Maine, and Nova Scotia in the last several years. She has also been to Greece twice, attending language school at The Athens Centre. She has taught Greek at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Sacramento. When she’s not traveling, at work, or at yoga, you can find Stephanie curled up with her canine and feline children, sipping tea, translating Greek poetry and reading voraciously.