Joanne H. Patton is the widow of Green Meadows Farm’s founder, Major General George S. Patton. She assumed his role 10 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. Then deciding that farming was the life for her, she began apprenticing on both dairy and CSA farms in New England.
This is her 6th 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.
Christine Green, our Education Director, relocated to MA in 2010 with her Husband Todd and two children, Rita and Joe. Originally from Chicago, IL and the youngest of 9 children, she loves to call home and share stories from her work on the farm. Christine first found Green Meadows through a friend and CSA member and it was love at first sight. She loves that all of her passions are celebrated in one place : growing, cooking and eating great food, taking care of the environment, and the sense of community that her family can be part of. When she is not at the farm, Christine enjoys cooking, gardening, spending time with her family, and fellowship. Christine is a enthusiastic Kohlrabi fan, but loves butternut squash, broccoli, spinach and really whatever is the newest item out of the field.
Shannon Smith 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 second 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!