Heather Wodehouse – Farmer
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 helps 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 firstname.lastname@example.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. Ariana 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 email@example.com.