Heather Wodehouse – Farm Manager
2019 is Heather’s fourth 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 minutia of the 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 email@example.com
Jazmine Langlitz – Camp Director
Jazmine is the returning camp director for 2019 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rhyston Mays – Second Year Farm Apprentice
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!
Jenna Sabers, Farm Apprentice
Jenna hails from Rochester, NY. She studied Geography and Environmental Studies at SUNY Geneseo in an effort to explore her passions for sustainability, food justice, and the natural environment. Since graduating, she has completed a year of service with AmeriCorps Cape Cod and Cape Cod National Seashore. She went on to work with one of the largest mobile farmers markets in the country, providing undeserved communities access to local, fresh, and affordable produce. Jenna is excited to expand her knowledge of sustainable agriculture as an apprentice with Phillies Bridge Farm Project.
Marie-Lou Despoux, Farm Apprentice
Hailing from across the pond, Malou arrived in New Paltz by way of Montreal, where she studied Environmental Conservation at McGill, and discovered a keen interest for sustainable agriculture. Following her newly found interest (and partly to flee the cold winters), she then spent a semester in Panama where she learned about small scale farming, before carrying out a research project in Guatemala focused on organic agriculture. Changing paths, she started working in the wine industry in NY, first in retail, and then in various wineries and vineyards where she learned about viticulture. Malou is excited about the opportunity to learn more about farming during her apprenticeship at Phillies Bridge Farm Project!
Emily Feigelman, Second Year Camp Apprentice
Emily is a student of visual art education at SUNY New Paltz. She grew up in Long Island and came to the Hudson valley in 2015. Here in the Hudson valley she enjoys pursuing her hobbies which include painting, drawing, rock climbing, and hiking. Emily loves working with animals of all kinds and regularly visits the Kingston animal shelter where she adopted her best friend Betty the cat. This is Emily’s second year working for the Phillies bridge team. Her favorite part of getting to work on the farm is holding baby chicks and getting to eat delicious fresh veggies.
Lauren Rein, Camp Apprentice
Lauren is originally from Putnam Valley, NY. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree at SUNY New Paltz. Lauren is a double major in Speech-Language Pathology and Classical Voice with a minor in Deaf Studies. She has served as the Social Media chairperson for SUNY New Paltz’s chapter of the National Student Speech-Language & Hearing Association for one year. For the past five summers, she has worked as a counselor for KJK Productions, a non for profit theatre camp. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and the performing arts! Lauren is thrilled to be spending the summer as an apprentice for the Phillies Bridge Farm Project!
Gina Minoia, Camp Apprentice
Gina is from Binghamton, New York and studies Art Education at SUNY New Paltz. She spent her summer of 2018 interning on an organic farm in Hawai’i and is eager to bring her passion for education, the outdoors, and the arts to Phillies Bridge Farm Project in her beloved home state! Gina is excited to to engage with Hudson Valley families by farming, playing, and learning with children while working toward a healthier, happier, more sustainable community. She has no doubt that working at Phillies Bridge will also generate inspiration that she can bring into her art practice and share with younger generations for years to come.
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.