Anne comes to us with a background in wildlife and conservation biology, applied field research, outdoor education and horticulture. For over 10 years, Anne has worked at leading conservation organizations including National Audubon Society, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Mohonk Preserve and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Anne is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island. She is originally from the Capital Region and currently lives in the Hudson Valley.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The time I spend at the farm is meaningful to me because each day is a new opportunity to work towards building a food system in which biodiversity isvalued from seed to plate. I love the challenges that come with managing private lands with wildlife conservation in mind and seeing the fruits of our labor as we work together towards biodiversity goals. The services wildlife provide to crops is constantly fascinating, particularly parasitoids and predatory flies and midges. Finally, I am always learning something new, seeing a problem from a new perspective, sharing a laugh or witnessing the beauty of the land with everyone who I get to work with.
What do you love most about agriculture?
Each season I am both comforted by the rhythm of the seasons, the cycles of growth and harvest, the dark quiet of winter and also inspired and humbled by learning something new every single day whether identifyingan insect I have never seen or a new method to grow a crop. Agriculture is an act of constant attention, mindfulness and problem solving. A lesson I have learned from working with farmers is, when a problem arises, fix it yourself or as a team and keep moving forward. It’s all about rhythm.
Potatoes have a long and interesting history and there are a multitude of colors, shapes and sizes that you would never see at a supermarket. My favorite potatoes are Adirondack Blue for its beautiful color, long storage and wonderful flavor and Red Maria for its creamy, luscious flavor and texture and versatility. I take joy in watching potato plants grow and seeing what insects and spiders are making a living in the foliage. There’s nothing quite like watching a bee forage on a potato flower in the afternoon.