Jack Kittredge has always been interested in a self-sustaining lifestyle. In 1982, he and Julie made the decision to move the family out to the country to raise their kids in connection to the land and grow their own food. Jack believes it is best if: “people raise their own food, raise their kids that way and live closer to nature.” While Jack was never a strong proponent of running a commercial farm and selling raw crops in New England, he was determined to support Julie’s passion and contributed his skills of budget management and machine repair, and labor in construction. Jack was the editor of the NOFA newspaper, The Natural Farmer, from 1987 through 2020, was the policy director of the Massachusetts chapter of NOFA for 28 years, and intermittently continued working with his partners from the 1970s designing board games. He feels fortunate to have been able to develop such opportunities for work at home to support the homestead’s success.
In Jack’s ideal world, more people would be able to pursue a lifestyle such as his and Julie’s. Many people have expressed that desire over the years, he says, but feel that is not possible for them. He thinks it can be done by many more, however. He says, “I think we’re vastly under farmed in terms of the people involved in farming. We need more hands-on people and less machines, diesel fuel, and chemicals.” Jack continues to be constantly aware of environmental impacts and has written a number of papers and articles about carbon sequestration and how it relates to soil building.
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Jennifer is no stranger to farming. She was raised on apple orchards, vegetable and animal farms as a child. Jennifer started with us this year as a 2021 shareholder. She had the opportunity to volunteer a couple times during the season this year at Many Hands Organic Farm, which brought her back to her roots. She has great appreciation for the hard work it takes to farm.
Jennifer has over 30 years’ experience in communications, marketing, fundraising and development for both profit and non-profit businesses. Her experience has afforded her the opportunity to be in business for herself for the last 5 years as a Yoga Teacher, Ayurveda Health Counselor, and Reiki Master.
“I am excited for the opportunity to utilize my skills for not only my own business but to support the farm in which I receive my CSA share. From the first day I picked up my share, I felt at home. I knew this was a special place.” Jennifer explains. “My mission is to teach people how to find good health and wellness through lifestyle and diet. Eating in season and local is a big part of great health.”
When Jennifer is not teaching, you can most often find her cooking up healthy and tasty meals, outside on one of her many yoga rocks, and spending time with family. Jennifer shares, “Cooking has always been a great passion for me. The key to healthy meals comes from using fresh organic foods. I look forward to sharing many healthful recipes and helpful tips on utilizing all your vegetables in your share in the season to come.”
Juan Camilo Saavedra
Immigrant Farmer Fellow