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Staff

Farmers (they grow your food!)

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Kirstie Jones, Farm Manager (Kirstie@pennypackfarm.org)

Kirstie began farming in 2012 as a seasonal farmer at a CSA farm in Massachusetts, and this experience solidified her dedication to pursuing a life-long career in sustainable agriculture. After graduating from Middlebury College with a degree in Biology, she spent a season managing a small non-profit farm garden in Massachusetts. In Fall 2014 she moved to Pennsylvania to work on a farm in her home state near family and to participate in the farm's apprenticeship program. She is so happy to work at a place like Pennypack Farm & Education Center that incorporates community into the farming process. She also feels blessed to be working with her sister, Stephanie, as they have worked together for many years and cannot imagine farming without her. Kirstie’s favorite vegetables to grow are carrots and lettuce mix but she loves every part of organic farming and is constantly surprised by the incredible resilience of plants.

Stephanie Jones, Assistant Farm Manager (Steph@pennypackfarm.org)

Steph first came to the farm as a summer intern in 2015. Prior to farming, she worked at numerous horse barns, so it wasn’t too far a leap to farming. After graduating from Bates College with a major in Studio Art,, she returned in 2016 to participate in the 18-month apprenticeship program. Half-way through her apprenticeship, change in management allowed her to move into the assistant manager position. Steph always said she wanted to have a job with three things: 1) get to be creative 2) have tangible, visible results and 3) make people happy. She found farming blended these ideas perfectly. As a sister duo team, Steph is excited to see how she and Kirstie improve and develop over many years of farming. Her favorite things to grow are rutabagas, radishes, and flowers!

Alexis Adelsberger, 2018-2019 Farm Apprentice

Alexis was drawn to farming as a way to blend her passions for civil rights, food security, local economy and environmental stewardship into action. She sees farming as a way to ignite positive change and address some of the most critical issues facing us today. Her favorite part about farming is that it is constantly in flux and mirrors nature’s own unique rhythm. She likes seeding in the greenhouse, transplanting, driving the tractors, and working alongside members in our workshare program. She is especially grateful for Pennypack’s food donation program and commitment to getting fresh produce to those facing food insecurity. Alexis feels a strong kinship with all vegetables, but she loves our onions, butternut squash, spinach, and sweet potatoes the most.

 

Program & Administration

Julie McCabe, Executive Director (julie@pennypackfarm.org)

Julie first connected with PFEC as a CSA farm member 2008 in a search to find local food in the suburbs of Philadelphia, and was thrilled to find the agricultural gem of Pennypack Farm. She continued to stay involved through the years with the organization through various committees and joined the Board of Directors in 2012. She has a B.S. in Communications and Marketing and a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from Temple University, with a concentration in Food Systems Planning. Prior to her role at PFEC, she fulfilled her passion to Manna on Main Street, a soup kitchen and food pantry in Lansdale, using her connections to bring more fresh veggies to our low income neighbors. She is thrilled to be in a position at PFEC that can bring all of those experiences and skills together to lead such a wonderful non-profit organization and an amazing staff.  Julie and her family love that first bite of a freshly picked strawberry in the beginning of the summer farm season.

Diane Diffenderfer, Education Director (Diane@pennypackfarm.org)

Photo of Diane Diffenderfer, Farm Educator

Diane has a BS in Horticulture, a  Masters Degree in Agriculture (Plant Nutrition) and an MBA.  As an undergraduate and graduate student, she worked extensively with the PA Extension Service in the field of vegetable culture. Much of her service involved working with local 4-H programs, organizing and implementing a student-lead horticultural show and maintaining vegetable demonstration gardens located at a university research farm. A lifelong gardener and outdoor enthusiast, she has lead learn and build workshops related to backyard chickens. She has over 20 years experience in private and public sector businesses and has been a judge for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Garden Contest. She is also an award-winning, published and volunteer photographer.

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