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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com to ask questions about the farm or your own ecological restoration projects.
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.