Our Staff

Farm Owner, Joanne H. Patton

Joanne H. Patton is the widow of Green Meadows Farm’s founder, Major General George S. Patton. She assumed his role 15 years ago, overseeing the Farm and continues as our most beloved supporter. Her travels as an Army wife made her an adventurous eater. All vegetables are her favorites – but eggplant (especially in her caviar recipe) is tops!




Heidi Thunberg is the Farm Manager. She loves working in all aspects of the farm, but she has a soft spot for the greenhouses. You can usually find her there happily communing with the tomatoes and cucumbers. She is also a mom of two fabulous boys, who are the resident chicken catchers.

Upon graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, she spent a couple years working in Japan and then for a Japanese company in the U.S. After deciding that farming was the life for her, she began apprenticing on both dairy and CSA farms in New England.

This is her 8th season at the farm and she still can't seem to get enough. Heidi says that she loves her job and is excited to be at Green Meadows Farm because of the important role a farm has in its community. When she's not farming (that is, for the month of January) Heidi loves to knit, translate Japanese, and play with her boys. Her favorite vegetables are bitter greens cooked with lots of garlic. 

Alyssa Hajek-Jones, our Education Director and Livestock Assistant, is originally from Nebraska, but has lived in many different places, most notably Paraguay for 2 1/2 years. Alyssa is an avid soccer player and a huge Harry Potter fan.

She came on as an apprentice in 2016 and has taken on more responsibilities for 2017. Her real love is for animals, particularly pigs. You will see her traipsing about the farm with children in tow or you can find her moving and caring for the animals.






Julianne Webster has been working in the Farmstand for five seasons now. She is originally from Iowa and moved to Manchester to be a nanny. There she met her husband and has remained in the area ever since. They live in Ipswich with their three children. In fact, two of her kids also work at the farm, one in the Farmstand and one in the kitchen. When she's not working, Shannon loves to cook, bake, bike and run. Her flower garden is also very important to her. Her favorite vegetable is arugula.





Megan Ouellet is our field grower at Green Meadows. This is Megan's fourth year at Green Meadows and she first began here as an apprentice. When she's not in the fields Megan enjoys creating greeting cards, knitting, camping, writing and taking care of her amazing fish tanks. Although she enjoys lots of vegetables, her favorites are beets and bok choy!