Who Keeps Meadowstone Going?
Tim and Jess
Tim & Jess met on their Freshman Trip at Dartmouth College while hiking the nearby Kinsman Ridge Trail. After teaching and traveling for a number of years they came to the White Mountains in 1997 to teach at The White Mountain School. Tim and Jess purchased the farm in 2003 and Tim wasted no time in getting his hands dirty on the land while Jessie fulfilled a lifelong dream of starting a school and with other women founded Woodland Community School. It is located in the farmhouse and has thrived over the last 15 years. Tim and Jess have three children who roam the farm with skinned knees and dirty feet. Jeb is 16 and his favorite playmates are his friends, balls, and books. After doing his morning chores he can be found sitting next to the furnace or in the hay reading his latest book. This past year he completed an internship growing mushrooms and thinks it'll be the ticket to a life of skiing and climbing. Cole is 13 and is our best tour guide and interviewer! He knows all the places to get into trouble at the farm but can most likely be found snuggling with the goat kids or sneaking tomatoes in the greenhouse. His passions are all over the place but robotics, ceramics, lacrosse, musicals and wood carving are his current favorites. Ani is 10 and spends her time playing in the stream, sliding down snowbanks, or showing her friends the best hiding places on the farm. The famous Jack the dog and co-pilot Dixie, can be occasionally seen romping through the fields in search of critters. When not at the farm Tim, Jess and family can be found skiing, paddling, biking and coaching or playing soccer and lacrosse.
Sam and Jenny
Jenny started working at the farm before Sam and lucky for us convinced him to become the Farm Manager. Jenny, a graduate of the University of Maine, now teaches at Woodland Community School, but can still be found at the farm with the students and "Farmer for a Morning" program. Sam grew up in the Philadelphia area and went to school at Hamilton College, where he ran Cross Country and lead an A Cappela group. Besides doing everything on the farm he can be found chasing Jenny over hill and dale as she trains for her adventure races, singing in local theater productions, and is known to make a mean Cappuccino. He has also been known to break out disco moves in the field and thinks he can still run 5k races in 17 minutes. Sam and Jenny have three kiddos, Thatcher(6) and Sylvie(4) who love making messes in the seed room and following Matt around. Adler was just born in the beginning of June and has kept Sam and Jenny busy as they are back to diapers and midnight feedings. Between the teaching and farming schedule Sam and Jenny are often playing pick-up/drop off the farm. Thatcher particularly loves sitting on tractors, sorting seeds, picking spinach, seeing the baby goats and saying hi to anyone who's on a tractor. Sylvie loves to supervise, get dirty and find left over goodies on the seedling room floor.
Ross is a life-long farmer from the Haverhill, NH who showed up on our doorstep a few years ago. He grew up with cow dairy farms and has had two goat dairies of his own. He most at home on the seat of a tractor, but will drive the Prius on deliveries if he has to. His past jobs included having spiders crawl out of mouth (no joke) and taste testing at truck stops across America.
After a career in computers and a couple decades of living on, sailing, and restoring old boats in LA harbor, Jim came back to his Northern New Hampshire roots seeking relevance, community, and a way to live with a light footprint. He's found all of these at Meadowstone Farm as the egg, asparagus, and spreadsheet guy. When not at the farm he can be found bushwacking up local peaks and helping other folks in their sugarbush and boiling.
A passionate grower of fruits and vegetables, Matt's home garden is the envy of any farmer. After 20+ years as a motorcycle mechanic, Matt joined our team in 2014 as the mechanic on the farm. He has since evolved to be the go-to guy for just about everything. He burns off his coffee buzz by doing tractor work, field cultivating, planting, helping with livestock, and harvesting; loving every minute of it. Matt has a great passion for skiing and most winter days he crams his feet into too small boots to bash some gates. In the warmer months his wife Karen drags him off on bike rides (the human powered kind). As a NH native, Matt comes to the farm with a knowledge of the property having spent time here when he was child(his father was born in the farm house!). We all appreciate his willingness to learn, educate others, and the donuts he brings every morning to counteract all the organic veggies.
Mikaela began working for us in the summer of 2014, and has been adding her creative touches to the farm ever since. After graduating from Profile High School in 2010 she went onto college to become a nurse however soon realized that she wanted to have a deeper connection with the earth and be on the more holistic side of health. Before she came to us, she worked as a landscaper, apprenticed with an herbalist, and worked with a local florist. The farm has been a perfect match for her, and her passion has flourished, literally. She has been growing flowers for us since the start, and now we have given her garden space to develop a pick-your-own flower garden. She is part of the whole process of growing at the farm, from planting, to harvesting, and packaging orders. You may recognize her from the local farmers markets we have attended in previous years, starting in 2018 she will be keeping our CSA distribution running smoothly. When not at the farm, Mikaela and her boyfriend Lars, can be found looking for mushrooms, fiddleheads, developing their rare plant nursery and working their land in Vermont.
Jeannie is the anchor that keeps us all honest and on task. She came looking for a job a couple years ago after buying some tomato plants and realized they were almost as good as Grandpa Leone's! She keeps the office organized and efficient, but loves her time in the stand working with customers and maintaining the stand herb gardens. When not at the farm, she relishes her time on backcountry skis and biking throughout the area.
Steph has been with us in one capacity or another for the past 7 years. She started as a volunteer one spring in between seasons with the AMC and has since banged nails, caught cows, picked lettuce, pruned tomatoes and built greenhouses. She's our primary cheese maker and if her cheese skills are anywhere close to her baking skills, she'll take our chevre to another level! She recently bought a house in Whitefield with her bo, Beau(no joke) and they spend their time discovering the joys of owning an old farmhouse in Northern New England in between hiking and skiing the nearby mountains. She also dabbles in maple syrup, honey bees and felting vegetables.
Meadowstone Farm has been one of Katie’s constants over the past 10 years as she has studied, worked and traveled the globe and we are very grateful to be a stop on her life’s travels. She’s originally from Southern NH and arrived at the farm as a volunteer over her summer vacation from American University, where she majored in International Studies and minored in Arabic. From the onset, she established herself as an integral part of the farm, tackling any and every task with an awesome attitude and desire to learn. Over the years she has returned to the farm to volunteer and work for short stints, but last year we were lucky enough to convince her to stay for the whole summer. This summer we are again excited to have her energy, dedication and organization as our vegetable manager, but knowing that her real desire is to open a bakery on a busy street in a foreign land. When not picking zucchini at the farm, she’s out hiking (she finished her 4000’ footers last summer!), researching recipes, or working on tractor skills.
Jack joined us in the spring of 2015 while still in high school. He's the one employee everybody fights over because no matter what you're doing, Jack makes it easier. Whether shoveling pens, picking beets, building coops or washing carrots, Jack does it all. When not at the farm he can't be found, but we hear of his exploits as he pedals his bike 100+ miles/ day throughout New Hampshire. Off season, he's working on his engineering degree at Dartmouth where he hopes to develop a mechanical weeder. And yes, that's his real voice.
We've known Tori since she was a student at Woodland Community School and her parents have been CSA members since the beginning. Tori started as a volunteer and she quickly learned how to make herself indespensible throughout the farm. She spends most of her time tending vegetables and in the farm stand, but her most memorable moments involve catching chickens. She just finished her senior year at the White Mountain School and is heading to University of Minnesota, to major in Dance and minor in Sustainable Agriculture. Dancing and farming don't seem to go together, but for Tori they work perfectly as she spends ample amounts of time in her ballet, jazz, hip-hop, modern, and tap classes and camps. Most of us get exhausted just listening to her practice schedule and are glad all we have to do is farm.