Our People

Lenny and Sara Martinelli Farm in Lafayette on (Photo By Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post)

Three Leaf Farm is owned by Lenny and Sara Martinelli, who also own the local restaurant group, Three Leaf Concepts. With five restaurants located in the Boulder area, the Martinelli’s purchased the farm in 2011 so they could bring organic produce to their menus without raising prices. (You can learn more about their restaurants HERE)

The small urban farmstead boasts a wide range of produce, including heirloom tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, greens, corn, squash and more. There are a number of fruit trees on the farm that offer apricots, peaches, apples, plums, and cherries. Herbs, both medicinal and culinary, abound on the property, as do a wide array of flowers. There is a Medicine Trail that winds through the wilder areas along the farm and the creek, where visitors and students can learn about the medicinal plants that grow along Colorado’s Front Range.

The farm is also home to chickens, goats and horses, all of whom contribute to the ecosystem of the farm.

Committed to the idea of self-sustaining agriculture and an environmentally conscious lifestyle, the Martinell’s received the 2012 Nature’s Plate Award, awarded by the prestigious Nature Conservancy, for the “greenest” restaurant in Colorado. In 2013, Three Leaf Farm was honored with the Lafayette Heritage Award for preserving the agricultural spirit of Lafayette. In 2014, Lenny and Sara were inducted into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame.
Three Leaf Farm was honored to receive designation as a Botanical Sanctuary in 2015 from the United Plant Savers, an organization committed to the preservation of at-risk and endangered medicinal plants in North America.

 

Lenny Martinelli at Three Leaf Farm

Lenny Martinelli
Owner, CEO of Three Leaf Concepts
Lenny graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Environmental Design. While in school, Lenny worked in a number of restaurants and purchased his first restaurant, The Naropa Cafe, in 1992. At the cafe, Lenny deepened his knowledge of cooking, and his lifelong appreciation of the ethnic cuisine of other cultures was sparked. In 1998, Lenny and Sara were selected to operate the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, a gift to the city of Boulder from their sister city, Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The ornate, handcrafted Teahouse is the largest teahouse in the US, and is one-of-a-kind in the western hemisphere.
Lenny’s creative vision has extended to his other restaurants, Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant, The Huckleberry, Zucca Italian, and The Chautauqua Dining Hall, one of Boulder’s historic landmarks. In addition to the restaurants, Lenny has created a large, successful catering business, Three Leaf Catering.

 

Sara and Tip

Sara Martinelli
Owner, Clinical Herbalist, Tea Specialist
Sara has a degree from the University of Colorado in Anthropology with a focus on ethnobotany and nutrition. She completed a two year program at the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies in 2002, and is a practicing clinical herbalist. Sara is the tea specialist and blender at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse and has created a number of the Teahouse’s exclusive tea blends. In addition to her clinical practice for humans, Sara also consults for both equine and canine clients, and creates customized formulas to increase health, performance, and vitality. Sara teaches numerous classes and workshops at Three Leaf Farm and has written a number of articles for publication.
For Sara’s extended biography, click HERE

 

Jax and Blue

Jax Martinelli
Farm Manager + Head Beekeeper
Jax, the son of Lenny and Sara, joined the Three Leaf Farm team in 2012 and took the position of farm manager in 2018. He attended Colorado State University where he studied Horticulture and Conservation Biology. During his studies, Jax worked at the Colorado State Forest Service Nursery cultivating native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers. He has helped immensely with our flood restoration initiative at the farm, working closely with our plant, animal, and insect populations. To get in touch with Jax, email him at jax@threeleafconcepts.com to ask questions about the farm or your own ecological restoration projects.

 

Kelsey in the Bee Sanctuary

Kelsey Conger
Farm Manager + Educational Program Developer
Kelsey joined the Three Leaf Farm team in 2016 upon moving to Boulder. She graduated from Naropa University with a degree in Environmental Studies and Contemplative Psychology. Kelsey has been practicing herbalism for six years and is currently studying to receive her certification as a holistic nutritionist. She is offering a variety of health based workshops this summer, including cooking classes and a special farm yoga event, as well as leading a new homesteading program for teens. To get in touch with Kelsey about private health consultations and other offerings, visit www.healingheritage.com or e-mail her at kelsey@threeleafconcepts.com.

As the Three Leaf Farm co-managers, Jax and Kelsey live on the premises where they handle all general farming duties in addition to caring for the beehives, horses, ducks, chickens, goats, dogs, and cats. They have recently created an entirely new garden on the farm in the Bee Sanctuary, where they planted over 200 native perennial wildflowers, shrubs, and herbs to provide food for both the honeybee hives as well as other native pollinators.

 

Lily and Polo

Lily Martinelli – Equine Operations
Lily, the daughter of Sara and Lenny, helps operations in the barn through training and exercising the horses of Three Leaf Farm.  Lily attends the University of Colorado in Boulder, studying Mechanical and Bio-Medical Engineering.  Lily competes in the USEF Hunter Jumper circuit with her Mexican Sporthorse, Polatito.