Read more about our individual members below.
“Farming is the basis of our connection to the eco-system, and our eco-system sustains life. The choices we make as farmers determine the present and future of our planet.”
After living and working in East Africa for six years, Jesse Goldfarb is returning to the U.S. to join the ProFarmer program. In Rwanda, Jesse has been the Director of Impact for One Acre Fund, a non-profit organization that works with farmers to increase productivity and create pathways out of hunger and poverty. Jesse founded and managed research station farms with over 700 unique plots that serve as the basis for services and training provided to farmers across the country. He also managed a diversified research portfolio including multiple trials with over 1,000 farmers.
Although this most recent phase in Jesse’s farming career has taken place on another continent, his initial exposure to farming unfolded only a few miles from the Farm Hub on a small organic vegetable farm which he started with his mother and sister in 2009. Here, Jesse designed and managed a permaculture installation, constructed greenhouses, grew a variety of vegetables, and sold food at local farmers markets.
Now, as he returns to the Hudson Valley and joins the ProFarmer program, he will undoubtedly bring a unique global view to our work in the regional food system and to the Farm Hub community itself.
Isabel Vinton has been working in agriculture in Rwanda for One Acre Fund for the past 5 years. She joins Hollengold Farm as one of our premiere field maintenance staff keeping our gardens productive and efficient.
Wendy Hollender is a botanical artist, author, and instructor. She has illustrating the published Foraging & Feasting:; A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook written by Dina Falconi. Hollender’s illustrations have been published in such publications as The New York Times, “O,” The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple , The Observer (UK) and the Smithsonian Magazine. She has two published books: Botanical Drawing in Color- A Basic Guide to Mastering Realistic Form and Naturalistic Color (Random House), and Botanical Drawing, A Beginner's Guide. She can be reached at: wendy@hollengoldfarm. Visit her botanical website at: www.drawingincolor.com
Will Toland is in charge of maintaining the farm. He builds structures and overseas the gardens. Will is a decorative painter able to transform any surface with a variety of finishes.
joins us after two years as a middle school earth science teacher in Brooklyn.
Her goal is to aid in the transformation of people, culture and agriculture to redefine the human legacy on this planet towards regenerative and sustainable life.
With Over 10 years experience with increasing responsibility as a farmer with an emphasis on organic and sustainable methods, soil fertility, and permaculture approaches.
10+ years effectively leading educational workshops and programs for children and adults in food systems, gardening and the environment
Strong foundational knowledge, passion and experience in cooking, serving and farm-to-table cuisine