About the Farmers

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Hi there! I am Lydia Nebel, Second Wind CSA owner and farmer.  I lease about 1.5 acres of land at Four Winds Farm, and the CSA serves multiple families through 60 shares.  Second Wind’s small-scale, no-till, certified organic methods provide great produce–contributing to the health of your family, the land, community development, and the local economy! And you are a part of this effort!

I am looking forward to getting to know all of you next year and want to give some introductory info to get us started:

I was born and raised in small-town, southwest Missouri, where I first learned a love of food production from my grandfather, a hobby farmer, and my mother, with her natural green thumb.After graduating from university, I moved to Kansas City, Missouri and began working at a certified organic, diversified vegetable, urban farm. Since then, I’ve worked on several small-scale farms and in farm/food education. I moved to New York City to be near family and after a year there, came to the Hudson Valley to gain more production training. As an added benefit I get to breathe the fresh air and work in sight of the amazing Shawangunk ridge.

I began farming as a means of avoiding labor exploitation in food production and believe, more than ever, in the need for locally-responsible, globally-aware food economies.I am so thankful to have had a year training in the Four Winds no-till methods before joining the Second Wind lineage. Thank you to all the members who stuck with me through a challenging first season!

Please be in touch as the season begins and tell me some about yourselves.

This year, Meghan will join the Second Wind CSA family after a year of working with Four Winds:

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“Some wise person once said to me, ‘do what makes you happy, not what the world
needs;’ lucky for me, what makes me happy is exactly what the world needs. My name is Meghan Wikberg and I’m originally from Chicago, IL, but moved to NY in April from Colorado where I had been living for the past five years. My path to farming began roughly 7 years ago when I worked on a small farm in Elburn, IL. Although I quickly fell in love with farming, I decided to move to Colorado to obtain a degree in soil science. I was beginning a research career in soil carbon sequestration as a tool for mitigating climate change, but it didn’t take long to realize I preferred working with the land rather than in the lab. I missed the physical and mental challenge of farming; and, most importantly, I missed the connection made with my community.

So I made a decision to be the farmer that implements the best farming practices rather than a person researching the best farming practices. This is how I ended up on a small-scale, no-till farm in the Hudson Valley. As you may know, this region is known for their farming practices, and the model implemented here at Second Wind CSA is at the forefront of modern agriculture. A small, local farm, which implements sustainable management practices is the answer to many of our health, cultural and environmental issues. If you want quality food, which improves the environment and offsets climate change then you’re supporting the right farm. I couldn’t be happier or more proud to
grow quality food for you. Thank you for the opportunity.”

Second Wind CSA has served as an incubator farm for young farmers, for almost 10 years now. See below for some information on past farmers!


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Allison Patrick

Allison Patrick: I am originally from a small farming community in southwestern Pennsylvania. As a kid, I got to eat fresh veggies from my parents’ garden, can tomatoes with my mom, and forage for berries and mushrooms with my dad. I loved being outdoors at all times and wanted that to a part of my future career, so I went on to study Environmental Science at Allegheny College.  It was there that I decided small-scale, organic vegetable farming was my calling!  I spent my time in school working, researching, and starting educational programs on CSA farms in western PA and loved every minute of it.  After school, I spent years living and working in New York City, enjoying my time as an instructor in the Children’s Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens.  I spent the 2013 season assistant managing at a farm in the Hudson Valley before moving to Gardiner and taking over Second Wind in 2014 through 2016.

Alison photoAlison Fletcher:  I am from the warm, southern town of San Antonio, Texas, where I was born and raised. I spent my childhood being inspired by my mother’s backyard Texas garden and excellent cooking skills.  In 2013, driven by my concern for physical and spiritual well-being and a desire to care for the Earth to my utmost potential, I flew North to experience organic vegetable farming the Hudson Valley way.  I worked on farms for the entire growing season and decided to dedicate my life to growing and providing organic produce for my community. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in violin performance from the University of North Texas and enjoy singing and playing my mandolin.

Bryn and Chicken

Bryn Roshong:  I’m originally from northern NJ, where there really isn’t much open space, much less farmland to speak of!  My time at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY opened my eyes to the possibility of farming, since the farming community there is so robust.  After Wes and I worked for a few years as union organizers, we ended up taking a break and trying out farming.  We started out in Putnam County, then traveled across the country to farm in New Mexico.  We loved spending our days working in the fields so much that we came home and worked a season under Jay at Four Winds Farm.  I love living close to the land and serving a community of local-minded families.  We’ve made a lot of farmer friends in the Hudson Valley, and I’m keenly aware of what a special place this is.   Aside from farming, I’ve also enjoyed working making whiskey at our local distillery, Tuthilltown Spirits, serving visitors wine in the tasting room at Whitecliff Winery, and being the HV regional director at Winter Sun Farms, the local winter veggie share.  I love hiking with friends in the Shawangunks, cooking delicious meals and preserving the wonderful veggies that we grow.

Wes in Carrot Field

Wes Hannah:  I grew up in Connecticut, spending as much time outside as possible.  Like Bryn, I studied at Cornell and then spent a few years working in different parts of the Northeast.  We landed in the Hudson Valley years ago and have fallen in love with the area.  Aside from farming itself, my personal interest is in soil science – I love learning about the intricate chemistry and biological ecosystem of the land that we care for.  Aside from farming, I work as an organizer with the National Young Farmers Coalition, a grassroots network of young and beginning farmers from across the country.

 

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9 responses to “About the Farmers

  1. Katrina

    Just stumbled upon this site and read all about your CSA…you two are awesome!

  2. Very exciting! Tell us more….regularly!….Linda

  3. Gail Colangelo

    Thank you for your very inspirational farming biographies. I am a new landowner seeking out a path for our land of 30 acres. Would any of you be available to offer some guidance or interested in leasing our land in Orange County?

    • Hi Gail,

      We would love to hear more about your land and what you are looking to do with it so that we might be able to offer you some advice or get you in touch with the right people! Please send us an email with some basic info and thoughts on the land use. It’s great that you want to put some of your land to use for growing food!

      Alli

  4. Gail Colangelo

    I purchased some white turnips from the Pine Bush market last week. We had them sliced raw on salad and cooked with rice. A really delicious veggie that stayed nice in the refrigerator over the week.

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