Heather Wodehouse – Farm Manager
2020 is Heather’s fifth season farming at Phillies Bridge. Born in western Canada, she came to Phillies Bridge by way of the UK, France, Texas and most recently, New England. She 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, the Macdonald Student-run Ecological Gardens (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, before joining the Phillies Bridge team in 2016.
Myriam Bouchard – Administrative Coordinator
Myriam has over fifteen years of experience as an award-winning certified business advisor and has helped hundreds of organizations in various business stages. A dedicated strategist, she brings methodology and forward-thinking, addressing the minutiae of day-to-day operations while keeping in mind the end goal. Her core strength is translating organizational strategies into projections, while using researched-based financial assumptions that lead to real-world results. Throughout her career, she has advised growers, food manufacturers, value-added boutique producers, distributors, specialty food retailers, and locally-owned farm-to-table restaurateurs. She created the statewide benchmark (based on USDA vegetable and fruit prices) for NY Rising to evaluate crop losses in NYS after tropical storms Irene and Lee devastated farmland with floods in 2011 so farmers could get grants for their crop losses. She successfully assisted farmers apply for these funds. She has a successful business consulting practice.
Myriam volunteers for Hudson Valley Hospice, to provide comfort, support, and companionship to patients entering end of life. She is a committed year-round outdoors enthusiast, practices yoga and meditation, is a part-time writer and artist, and her multitude of hobbies nourish her profoundly.
She handles most of the farm’s administrative tasks, organizes events, coordinates volunteers, and writes grant proposals. You can email Myriam at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jazmine Langlitz – Camp Director
Jazmine is the returning camp director for her third year in 2020 at Phillies Bridge Farm. A Hudson Valley native, Jazmine obtained a degree at SUNY New Paltz in visual arts and fell in love with the town. In 2009, Jazmine started teaching at a local business school and continued working with adult learners for years to come. When her son began attending a Montessori school, she was captivated by the approach and amazed at the result of the wholesome and nurturing curriculum. She went on to obtain her Master’s Degree in Education from Endicott University while teaching at Montgomery Montessori School. Farm education seemed to be a natural progression from the Montessori classroom, and Jazmine had a blast spending the summer on the farm last year. She is looking forward to exploring and learning alongside the children as the summer of 2019 approaches! She can be reached at email@example.com
Rhyston Mays – Assistant Farm Manager
Rhyston is a Hudson Valley transplant from Chicago, and graduate of Vassar College in Sociology. He feels most at ease when surrounded by plant-life and is inspired by the (re)generative powers of soil. Rhyston was introduced to farming as an education intern at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project and fell in love with the craft during his first season at Phillies Bridge. He aims to build upon his experiences in agriculture to engage with issues of land access and food sovereignty in Black communities. Lately, he has been happily meditating on Afro-futurist themes and considers himself a student of Octavia Butler’s literature. Rhyston is eager to find out what kinds of futures we can build from the seeds that we sow! This is Rhyston’s third year on the farm.
Lauren Rein – Camp Apprentice
Lauren is originally from Putnam Valley, NY. 2020 will be her second summer as an Education Apprentice at Phillies Bridge Farm. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders at SUNY New Paltz. In the past few years Lauren has been involved in many musical productions with the Miami Theatre Players. She is also a Deaf Studies minor with intermediate Sign Language skills. After graduation, she hopes to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. In her spare time she enjoys learning about homeopathic remedies, hiking, and spending time with her cat. Lauren is looking forward to another wonderful summer at Phillies Bridge!
Tom O’Dowd is an independent outdoor educator with Phillies Bridge roots. A New Paltz native who grew up eating the CSA’s veggies, Tom even lived on the farm property for some time. He has worked with Wild Earth, Clearwater, and NYS DEC Camps.