staff

Staff

Heather Wodehouse – Farmer

Heather Wodehouse is originally from Western Canada. She came to Phillies Bridge by way of the UK, France, Texas and, most recently, New England. Heather earned a degree in environmental science from McGill University in Montreal – where she befriended Phillies Bridge’s 2015 farmer, Anna Elbon! Heather caught the farming bug while working for, and eventually co-managing, the university’s student-run farm, MSEG.

 

Thoroughly converted to the agrarian lifestyle, Heather made her way down to Southern New Hampshire to work for the wonderful Jenny and Bruce Wooster at Picadilly Farm. After two seasons of growing 30 acres of vegetables for an almost 1000 member CSA at Picadilly-and learning to milk cows in the evenings at Manning Hill Farm-Heather is eager to scale down a bit and channel her energy into growing a diversity of high quality produce for Phillies Bridge’s shareholders.

 

When she is not farming, Heather can be found cooking, on a walk through the woods, daydreaming about draft horses, or occasionally in the off-season, tango dancing. You can e-mail Heather at heather@philliesbridge.org.

 

Jasmine Wood – Education Director

Jasmine joined the Phillies Bridge Farm team as the Education Director in the fall of 2014.  In this role, she oversees all of our education programs, including Farm Camp, Field Trips, Growing Together (preschooler program), and adult workshops related to sustainable agriculture and food preservation. She also helpJasmineHomePagePic_01s coordinate the Farm to Families program

Jasmine previously worked with young children leading classes in garden based learning. She has also worked with many not-for-profits and educational groups in New York state leading guided nature walks, informative lectures and hands on, nature based learning experiences for all ages. She has spent considerable time working in home vegetable gardens focusing on ecologically sound growing practices.  Jasmine received a degree in Environmental and Forest Biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY.

Jasmine grew up with the Shawangunk Ridge in her backyard, inspired by the natural beauty of the landscape she continues to dedicate a portion of her time to land conservation and sustainable forestry and agricultural initiatives.  In her free time, Jasmine can most often be found hiking with her husband and daughter, hanging out in her home garden, basket weaving, or in the kitchen preserving the season’s harvest through jams, sauces and chutneys too.  E-mail Jasmine as jasmine@philliesbridge.org.

Ariana Basco – Office Manager

Ariana Basco is a long time sustainable food advocate and community organizer.  A native of Queens, she fell in love with New Paltz while attending SUNY and, after graduating, decided to make this her permanent home.  Following graduation she worked as the Project Coordinator for the New York Public Interest Research Group, one of the state’s leading advocates for environmental protection and consumer rights.  She also co-chaired the SUNY New Paltz Environmental Task Force, a campus based college-community organization.   1294564_181312715395986_68111058_oAriana then ran for and won a seat on the New Paltz Village Board and served as a Trustee for four years.  While in office she championed local food and regional food security, organizing celebrations of farming and food in our community and authoring an ordinance to permit raising chickens in the Village of New Paltz.

She was a regular volunteer at the Brook Farm Project and worked the fields at the Huguenot Street Farm before taking on the position of  Office Manager at Phillies Bridge.  She handles most of the farm’s administrative tasks, organizes events, coordinates volunteers and writes grant proposals. You can email Ariana at info@philliesbridge.org.