The 2019 CORE CREW
Andy Deller has become an integral part of farm operations in the past year. He showed up to help up plant potatoes in the spring of 2012, and has stuck with us ever since! You've never met a nicer or more meticulous guy. He has taken on all types of responsibilities, including being our premier irrigation guy, and the go-to maintenance man. He also has a habit of running between tasks, especially in the summer when we're really busy! If you recognize Andy, it might be because he is the keyboardist for Lucid. Andy is also a fantastic piano teacher. He lives in Plattsburgh, NY with his wife Mel and their 4 nieces and nephews.
Peggy is our lovely and talented crew mother that we are lucky enough to call family. Peggy came to work with us in 2015, and has proven to be an irreplaceable asset to our team. Peggy is originally from Jamaica, but she and her husband John have both lived here for over a decade. She is a grounding force for all of us here at the Crow, and she never stops impressing us with her endurance, work-ethic, and kindness to all living things. She can also balance full bins of vegetables on her head! Peggy cooks traditional Jamaican food for us every Friday; fried chicken, jerk chicken, curried goat, festivals, potato salad, dumplings... the works! If you are lucky enough to meet Peg, take a minute to get to know her, you'll be glad you did!
Clay Whiteheart comes to our farm from the bright sunny south of central Kentucky. In his second year at the Crow, Clay has taken on the role of harvest manager and performs regular fieldwork on the farm. Clay says, “I feel like being in this beautiful place getting to do good honest work with beautiful people is where I’m supposed to be”. Clay enjoys hard work, which thankfully enough there’s plenty of on the farm. Helping feed the North Country is allowing Clay to pursue his love of agriculture; he hopes to someday run a farm of his own. He graduated in 2018 from Kenyon College with a degree in anthropology, and lived for four months in northern Tanzania. He’s farmed in central Ohio, northern Virginia, eastern North Carolina but he’s found himself happiest here in the North Country.
Danielle (better known as DQ) hails originally from the Rochester area of NY, and is a recent graduate of the Expeditionary Studies program at SUNY Plattsburgh; a major focused on preparing its students to work in the outdoor “adventure sports” industry at an advanced level. DQ concentrated in rock climbing and has dedicated the last few years of her life to the sport, embarking on climbing expeditions both in country and internationally. Working at Fledging Crow is perhaps the first and only thing that trumps her love of climbing- before starting at the Crow in the fall of 2018, she didn’t see farming in her future. After only a few days of work, the magic of the Crow took hold and now she can’t imagine being anywhere else. Bestowed with the title “hype man”, you can find DQ consistently at ultimate stoke levels doing anything and everything she can while on the farm.
Chris, or DC as he’s known here at the farm, just graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh where he studied ecology and English literature. Dan Chris has been involved with Fledging Crow for several years, and this year is managing local wholesale, and working at the Plattsburgh farmers market on Saturdays. DC hails from central New York, but has considered the North Country as home since moving up here for school. Chris currently lives on the farm with his partner (and co-worker!) Steph, and their cat Pickles.
Stephanie Gray graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh this past spring, and now lives with her partner DC on the farm. She is stoked to be working at FCV this season, because she loves working outdoors and values the necessity of proper land stewardship. In the future, Steph hopes to continue farming and traveling, while eventually working with environmental education and community advocacy. Her favorite vegetables are swiss chard and brussel sprouts. She has a cat named pickles who also loves swiss chard and farming.
Devon Nothard is a physics major graduating from Kenyon College in 2020. From there, he plans on entering the Peace Corps post graduation in either the environmental or agricultural sector. Devon’s family is from South Africa, though despite what Ian may say, he was born and raised in Florida. Devon grew up an avid soccer player but currently plays rugby for Kenyon’s club team. This is his first time working on a farm, but hopefully not the last.
Emma hails from outside of Rochester NY, a place of inclement weather and friendly folks. She will be a senior in the fall, majoring in Anthropology at Hamilton College. It's her first year at the farm and she could not be more stoked for the summer season as a farm intern. When not at work, she can be found hanging out with the dog, reading, hiking, and eating large amounts of bread. Her spirit vegetable is a sugar snap pea. She will put peanut butter on anything and loves bright, colorful meals with friends. Bring on the summer!!
Jack second season here at The Crow. He met Ian during a class at SUNY Plattsburgh taught by Marco Turco, owner of Manzini Farm, and decided to give farming a try. Now he is trading a life of suburbia in after experiencing the life with the extraordinary and hardworking community of people here in the North Country. You can either find him in the fields with the rest of the crew, chatting with customers at the Brooklyn Borough Hall Farmers Market, or milking cows at another local dairy farm, North Country Creamery.
Michelle is a 20 year-old SUNY New Paltz student. She just recently moved to Keeseville NY. She volunteered here a few days last season, and enjoyed the work and people. This will be her first full season with us on the farm. You can catch her out in the fields or running the Brooklyn Bay Ridge Farmers Market.
2019 ADJUNCT CREW
Robin Gucker has been one of the longest and most loyal supporters of Fledging Crow since the beginning. Robin and her husband Peter are our neighbors, and Robin has worked part-time on the farm almost every year, bringing her nurturing grace and unparalleled work-ethic to everything she does. Robin is the epitome of a Renaissance woman! In addition to farming, Robin had a 20+ year career as a Waldorf teacher, teaches hot yoga and Yoga for Cancer, guides wilderness excursions for NCCC, grows and arranges flowers, and is the mom/stepmom to 3 equally magnificent grown children and one grandchild.
Jeff Cochran is another long-time friend and part-time employee, who has lent his precision, creativity and devotion to Fledging Crow for almost a decade. Jeff is a poet and artist by trade, and he brings this depth of acknowledgment and appreciation to every task he takes on. Jeff is our tomato-house Jedi, and under his care, one of our most celebrated crops thrive. Jeff has been on the brain-trust task force of some of the most perplexing and frustrating situations on the farm, always offering a steady presence, logistical know-how, and a ‘we’ve got this’ attitude. Jeff also is the beekeeper here at the farm, ensuring that we have a healthy population of these critical pollinators, while supplying us with honey that tastes like the sweetest parts of Fledging Crow!
Amaya Ater is Ian’s 9 year-old daughter, and when she isn’t dancing or avoiding bedtime, she loves to be involved with the busy, dynamic, beautiful tapestry of the farm at her doorstep. Amaya’s favorite farm chores are picking sungold tomatoes, making signs and helping her dad at the farmer’s markets.
Suki is our farm dog. She is an Australian Shepherd, and as such, it is her ‘job’ to be all up in everybody’s business. Suki enjoys running from person to person with a look that says, “whatcha got there?!” avoiding leashes, biting rubber boots, barking at the abyss, eating compost and taijutsu with the barn cats.
Jess is Ian’s partner and Amaya’s mom. She loves working outside with the crew, but more often has behind the scenes contributions to Fledging Crow. Jess is studying to be a massage therapist, while also working for Small Town Cultures in Keene, and as a freelance editor and writer. She feels overwhelmingly inspired by the farm team this year, and is constantly amazed how each year brings a renewal of energy and intention.