Meet our 2017 Farm Crew!
Bridget Gould, Greenhouse Manager
Bridget started farming as a workshare volunteer at Meadow’s Mirth Farm in Stratham a decade ago and soon caught the bug and started farming full time. She loves farming for many reasons, but was first drawn to the importance of feeding her family quality organic produce and getting to see the full circle of that produce, from greenhouse to harvest. Bridget’s dream farm day would include cutting greens early in the morning and then digging potatoes.
Bridget is active in her spare time too, trail running, kayaking, hiking, going to the beach and supporting her sons’ traveling soccer endeavors. Bridget grew up in Rye and now lives in Exeter with her husband and three sons.
Liz Willey, Field Manager
Liz’s interest in farming began while working with farmers in Paraguay and Colombia as a Peace Corps volunteer. She worked for vegetable farms in central NH and Maine before coming to the seacoast. She loves how farming can so directly address environmental stewardship and local food security in a community. During her dream farm day, Liz might be found harvesting head lettuce early in the morning and then transplanting another succession of head lettuce later in the day.
Liz is from Hampstead and she likes to explore NH’s mountain ranges, practice her naturalist skills, dance, and get through her ever growing book reading list.
Amber Walker, Wash Station Coordinator & Farm Store Manager
Amber comes to the farm with a background in restaurant kitchens where she saw the produce that arrives at “the back of the house.” She now uses her valuable knowledge about produce handling and quality as the farm’s wash station and farm store manager. Amber also has a lot of gardening experience and has always had a large vegetable garden. She is super excited to start installing the farm’s new perennial garden this season.
Amber is From Exeter and lives with her family in Kensington. She loves to hang out with her family, go on outside adventures, work on her garden, cook big family dinners and read anything she can get her hands on.
Christine Mont-LaButte, Bookkeeper
Christine comes to the farm with twenty years experience working in bookkeeping and administration for companies that source and sell Fairtrade products. In addition to the farm, she works part-time for a company that sells hand block printed table linens from India. Christine loves that her position at the farm allows her to incorporate her work experience with her love of locally sourced, organic food and the earth. She looks forward to learning about how the farm operates and getting the chance to collect eggs from the chickens! Christine is from York, Maine and lives with her husband and two sons in Exeter. She loves traveling and learning about different cultures and peoples.
Kate Donald, Farm Manager/Co-Owner
Kate grew up in Sunapee, NH. She discovered her call to farming when she met some farmers while she was working on urban agriculture projects in New York City after college. She trained at the Farm and Garden apprenticeship program at the University of California at Santa Cruz and then worked on farms in California and Massachusetts before returning to New Hampshire. Back in NH, Kate worked as the farm manager at Willow Pond Community Farm in Brentwood for its first five years before starting Stout Oak Farm. Kate loves the physical work that goes into growing food and her favorite days include planting seeds into freshly prepared beds out in the field.
Kate is active in the local food movement, and serves on the board of directors of Seacoast Eat Local. When she’s not thinking about farming, she’s dreaming up her next travel adventure with Jeff.
Jeff Donald, Co-Owner
Jeff grew up in East Kingston and now he co-owns and lives on the farm with Kate. During the week, Jeff works for the Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation (COAST) improving access to transportation for seniors and individuals with disabilities. In his time away from the office, Jeff does a lot of behind-the-scenes work at the farm, including managing the chickens, tractor work, infrastructure projects, and repairing and building rock walls. Jeff likes to play with their dog Pippin, drink craft beer, watch movies, play softball, and work on the rock walls.