I worked four seasons on two different farms before starting Windy Hill. Since my first farm job at 19, I have dreamed about starting my own farm. Farm work combines my desire to work outside with my hands with my love of growing and eating seasonal food. This love of food eventually led me to culinary school. I graduated from the Natural Gourmet Institute's Chef Training Program in 2012. After culinary school, I worked at a high end catering company, first as a dishwasher and prep cook, and eventually as the sous-chef and head produce buyer.
My experiences as a produce buyer, farmhand, greenhouse manager, sous-chef, and dishwasher have taught me about the joy to be found in physical labor, the value of well-handled produce, and the great pleasure of feeding your customers and community.
My plan for Windy Hill Family Farm is to start small but dream big. We have about three quarters of an acre in vegetables and fruit, with another acre in cover crops. Long-term, I would like the farm to hold educational programs, events and fundraisers, to provide meaningful, well-paid work to employees, and to increase food access in our region. Join us for our 2019 season!
Other Farms I've Worked On:
George Jones Farm in Oberlin, OH
2009 and 2011 Seasons
Weavers Way Community Programs Farms in Philadelphia, PA
2015 and 2016 Seasons
In the office
If you email us, receive our newsletter, or stop by the farm you are likely to wind up talking to my partner Timothy. Timothy grew up in New York City, where he once grew cherry tomatoes on his fire escape. For the past decade he has lived in Philadelphia, working in youth organizing, fundraising, and communications at small nonprofits. He manages the communications and organizational needs of the farm, while working remotely as a grassroots fundraiser.
Beth and Matt
My mom, Beth, keeps honey bees, has a large kitchen garden, and is a prodigious pickler, canner, and preserver of the things she grows in the garden. Beth is also a retired landscape architect and has planted wonderful flowers, native grasses and trees through out the property.
My dad, Matt, has been a lifelong outdoor enthusiast and handy man. He went to school for forestry and engineering. He spent his career in floodplain management, after time spent as a carpenter, house painter, and forest service worker. In his retirement, he has become a real student of water quality and weather along the Corsica River.
Together, my parents have several projects going at Windy Hill Farm. They have added wind, solar, and geothermal power to the property. They also pulled out the man-made shoreline on the property and have created a living shoreline in its place, in partnership with the state of Maryland. They are committed to creating habitat for wildlife, reducing soil erosion, and planting native species throughout the property.
Strider was born in Ohio and adopted by Liam from the Lorain County pound. His hobbies include swimming, fetch, and backpacking. His first home was on a farm in Ohio where he supervised all farm activities from a perch on top of the compost pile. Since then, Strider has lived in Brooklyn and Philadelphia, but he is pleased to be back on a farm. Strider likes to sneak kale leaves out of the compost pile, greet visitors and scare small animals away from the vegetables.