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 around 60 families.  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!
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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 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 and am excited to continue in the line of CSA managers bringing you all the best food possible!

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

 

Warmest greetings, my name is Mo. I am originally from Illinois, the ceded land of the Odaawaa, Ojibwe, and Potawatomi people. My ancestry is Irish and German; bread bakers, midwives, and somewhere in there gardeners and farmers. I spent most of my life in the Midwest suburb of Chicago, tending to a small family garden with a strong pull to create beauty with my hands and heart. I meandered into the world of art education, teaching at a Chicago high school, teaching after school and summer art programs and as part of a Kite Collective. My suburban childhood and work with youth inspired me to create from the earth, from a place of reciprocity and strong connection to the rhythms of the seasons and to re-member a fractured relationship to the land, activating values rooted in simplicity and justice.

I have lived seasonally over the past few years in Oregon, Missouri, and Chicago, inhabiting both urban and rural communities and a diverse range of ecosystems. In Oregon, I learned to weave willow baskets, connecting my craft with the life of plants; learning about the willows, their growing patterns, harvesting and curing the plant for weaving and teaching others to weave. During that time, I focused on growing and gathering food as well as plants for dyes, which supported a strong desire to continue learning fiber crafts, weaving, and ancient tactile processes. Last season I worked and lived in an egalitarian community in Northeast Missouri called Sandhill, where my hands were most busy in the many gardens growing food to sustain the community and the many visitors over the year. Most of my experience gardening and farming has been for subsistence, growing to feed my immediate community.

For me, farming creates reverence for seeds and the life that springs from the earth. The plants keep the time, re-calibrating an internal rhythm that runs a bit slower and closer to the body, like the heartbeat, than the clock time that runs a large part of society. I am glad for the opportunity to work and nurture the soil and seeds we will be planting at Second Wind this year to provide local, organic, beautiful food to you and your families through regenerative, no-till farming practices. My wish is to continue growing a reciprocal relationship with the earth through farming as well as explore ways farming and creating from the earth can grow resilience, bridge urban and rural culture, form and strengthen community, and support a solidarity economy. I truly look forward to getting to know you throughout the season.

Love and the many many seeds,

Mo

Because the Second Wind CSA has served as somewhat of an incubator farm for young farmers, please see below for some information on the past farmers!

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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