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Meet our Farm Crew!

2/3/20

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.

 

 

Amber Wilson, Farm Store Manager & Wash/Pack Coordinator

Amber came to the farm with a background in restaurant kitchens where she saw the produce that arrives at “the back of the house.” She spent the past three years using 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. In 2019, she will be transitioning out of her old role, but still helping out at the farm behind the scenes. Amber is From Exeter and lives with her family in Brentwood. 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.

 

 

Mekala Bertocci, Field Crop Manager
Mekala first caught the farming bug the summer of her junior year while apprenticing on an organic family farm in the Berkshires. Since then, she has worked on several farms throughout Maine, MA, and NH. She learned that farming is the ultimate connection between food, work, community, and how she wants to live. She is excited to begin a new chapter farming with the lovely crew at Stout Oak, where she hopes to put her knowledge and skills to the test and gain even more experience growing food and bringing it to the Seacoast community. Some of her favorite things to do on the farm are transplant seedlings, watch baby greens grow up, prune tomatoes, harvest carrots and grow sunflowers bigger than her head! In her spare time Mekala likes hiking in the White Mountains, jogging through the woods of Madbury, kayaking, and baking bread.

 

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 served on the board of directors of Seacoast Eat Local for many years. 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 young orchard, tractor work, infrastructure projects, and repairing and building stone walls. Jeff likes to play with their dogs Pippin and Henry, drink craft beer, watch movies, play softball, and work on the farm’s stone walls.