2019 Bios for Teamsters & Presenters at the DAPFD
Marge & Howard Alden, Bios coming!
Jonathon “Tyler” Allen is the resident ox teamster at Sanborn Mills Farm. He comes from a farming family in Lee, New Hampshire where he grew up working with animals including oxen. As a member of the New Hampshire 4-H Working Steer Program, he began training, exhibiting, and competing with steers and oxen at a very young age. Tyler is a graduate of SUNY Cobleskill where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Business. In addition to working the oxen at Sanborn Mills Farm, Tyler keeps oxen at his family farm that he uses to work their woodlot. He actively competes at local county and state fairs.
Jay Bailey has been diversified family farmers at “Fair Winds Farm” in Brattleboro for 38 years. Working as a farmer, Jay has collected a unique repertoire of songs that mirror the rhythms of farm life. His singing and fiddle playing are a direct expression of his love for the land and for the seasonal changes that determine the yearly progression of work that are essential to farming. The songs, tunes and recollections will cover many topics, including the changing seasons, working with horses, stone walls, haying and the beauty of living out of doors and close to the land in New England. www.fairwindsfarm.org.
Anne Clary, Dr. Anne Clary began her career in Fond du Lac after graduation from UW Madison in 1994. Prior to Veterinary School, she obtained an Associate’s degree from Lakeshore Technical College in Equine Management and a BS in Biology from UW Milwaukee. She furthered her education by obtaining a certificate of completion in Animal Chiropractic in 1998. In 1999, she opened Pegasus Clinic, Inc., shortly after having her second son. She has been certified in Animal Chiropractic since 1998. She has 3 boys, Garrett, Travis, and Wyatt, and also operates Pegasus Farm, LLC, raising Percherons and honey bees, a passion of her husband Joel. Dr. Clary has raised over 30 percherons including some crosses in this time. She is passionate about raising solid horses with excellent dispositions that are suitable for the widest of careers. Several of her offspring and all of her breeding horses have qualified for All American at least once in their lifetime and all ride and drive. She has had a home bred six horse hitch as well as 3 world champions, 2 of which were home bred, and one was the World Champion Percheron Barrel Racer in 2018. At Pegasus, Dr. Clary practices general equine medicine, along with chiropractic for all animals with an emphasis on whole body healing and general care. She has tools for myofascial release, thermography, gait analysis, digital radiography and ultrasonography. She loves education and continues learning at every opportunity. At a professional level, her interests are in biomechanics, musculoskeletal disorders, reproduction, and rehabilitation. Dr. Clary also is active with the Percheron Horse Association of America, currently sitting as an active director on the national board. She received a Special Achievement award in 2018 from the Wisconsin Horse Council for her active involvement with local youth and developing a draft horse show team that competed from a private level up to the World Percheron Congress. She continues this work right up to this day. Her passion is the preservation of the traditional Percheron and to continue efforts to display their versatility at every opportunity.
Ben Coerper has owned and operated Wild Harmony Farm in Exeter, RI for 7 years. We produce 100% grass-fed beef, as well as certified organic pork, chicken, turkey, and eggs. We also make maple syrup. We had a draft horse for about 5 years, whom we primarily used for logging and maple sap collection. We also experimented with using him to move feed, water, and shelters for our other livestock, as well as spreading lime and organic fertilizer on pastures.
Alison Cornwall. Dr Cornwall practiced equine medicine in Vermont for 12 years before accepting a teaching position at Vermont Technical College this fall. She grew up riding and driving draft horses in California and feels that no one has lived until running barrels on a Percheron.
Mark Cowdrey lives in Andover, NH with his wife Lea, where they have been reclaiming a small farm since 1999. They have a team of Suffolk horses and do a little logging, some general hauling and harrowing, maple sugaring, and sleigh rides.
Jean Cross, bio coming!
David Fisher has exclusively relied on workhorses to power the Natural Roots Farm in Conway, Massachusetts since the year 2000. With his family and crew of apprentices, he manages about 9 acres of produce, berries, and soil building crops to provide for a 200 member CSA in the summer and fall, as well as a 50 member CSA through the winter. He manages 20 acres of grass for loose hay and pasture to feed the working herd of six horses. The farm also raises chickens and hogs and manages a 100 acre woodlot, which yields fuel wood and saw logs for the farm’s mill.
Dave and Samantha Gibaldi own Gibaldi Family Farm in Montgomery, NY and are the owners of the mules, Neenah and Gypsy. In the past, the Gibaldis have raised various livestock, but are presently transitioning to a draft powered vegetable production farm with goat milk products. They are new to DAPNet and are looking forward to becoming more involved. They will be accompanied by Dave Denman, an experienced mule teamster.
Michael Glos has farmed with his wife Karma and daughter Rosemary for the last 20 years at Kingbird Farm in Berkshire, NY. They operate a diverse certified organic farm producing vegetables, herbs, plants, pork, beef, duck, chicken, and eggs. From the beginning, they have farmed with the assistance of draft horses and ponies ranging from Percherons and Belgians to their current Fjords and Haflinger. They are active in the fields and woods while continuing to learn and grow together.
Peter Hagerty moved to Maine in 1974 after returning from Vietnam, married my wife on our farm and went to work on a logging crew that was using horses to extract product. Since that time we have always had drafts on our farm, logging in the winter and haying in the summer. Their friendship and wisdom have been essential for the healing
of events that occurred before coming to the country. Twenty one years ago some friends and I started the Low Impact Forest Project, a committee of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners. Over that period over one thousand students have graduated from the program involving draft and low impact extraction methods, chainsaw safety and forestry basics.
Nathan Henderson and Racey Henderson own the Reber Rock Farm in Essex NY which is a diversified animals and vegetables operation powered by Suffolk horses.
Donn Hewes is the current President of the Draft Animal-Power Network. Donn Hewes traded his Fordson Super Major tractor for a team of mules in 1993 and has been farming and logging with horses and mules ever since. He and his wife Maryrose Livingston own and operate Northland Sheep Dairy in Marathon, New York. The Northland Sheep Dairy makes award winning cheeses from 100% grass fed sheep’s milk. Donn uses horses and mules to do most of the farm work including haymaking, compost spreading, pasture clipping, plowing and cultivating a couple acres of vegetables and small grains, as well as firewood hauling. In his spare time Donn sells parts for and repairs horse drawn mowers.
Tom Jenkins is a Consulting Forester and Oxen Logger in Western Massachusetts. Since graduating Paul Smith’s College in 1996 he has worked in nearly every facet of the timber business. When not in the woods, Tom enjoys spending time with his three children.
John Jenkinson lives at the Rock Rill Farm, a small hillside Vermont farm in West Berlin VT raising beef, dairy heifers and show steers.
Brad Johnson lives with his wife and daughter on a woodlot in Northfield, VT. He and his business partner, Derek O’Toole,co-own and operate Third Branch Horse Logging LLP, an enterprise which specializes in applying draft animal power to jobs large and small for which horses and small machinery are the best tools to accomplish landowners’ goals and expectations. Brad served on the first DAPNet Board of Directors and has been involved with the organization from early on in its existence. He has a particular interest in expanding the number of folks working with animals in New England forests.
Maddie Johnson lives in Northfield, VT and attends school at Stoneleigh-Burnham in Greenfield, MA. She began been riding and driving draft horses at an early age on her family’s farm. Maddie is passionate about horses of any shape and size, and enjoys training horses and the humans.
Erika Marczak is a NY native and has managed her own mixed power market garden. She has a diverse background with a formal education in animal science, participation in traditional 4-H and Farm Bureau activities, while at the same time maintaining a low impact path toward a more regenerative future in agriculture and food sovereignty. She has been growing vegetables and raising livestock for over 15 years, using draft animal power for half of that time, and has been a strong supporter of the DAPNet movement for many years.
Ivy Pagliari got her start with draft animals when the dairy farmers she was working for kindly let her keep and train a Holstein bull calf. She is now the farm manager at Tillers International where she cultivates 5 acres of heirloom small grains and dry beans with horse, ox, and human power and assists with the draft animal and farming classes taught there. She is always looking to learn more about live power farming and also for people to play punk-polka music with.
Pat Palmer, bio coming!
Megan Phillips lives in Wiscasset, Maine, where she is the Farm and Woodlot Manager at Chewonki, a school and camp offering year-round educational programming primarily for youth ages 6-18. The Chewonki farm crew raises food (vegetables, dairy, eggs, and meat), fiber, and firewood for the school and camp communities, integrating young people into meaningful production-oriented work while providing educational context around farming and food systems. The farm has long operated as a single-horse powered farm, with a Suffolk Punch draft assisting with gardens, hay, and woodlot management year-round. As Chewonki expands both education- and production-focused work, Megan is in the process of training a second horse, who will work both singly and as a team in all aspects of the diversified farm.
Derek O’Toole grew up in central MA in a family that is actively involved in the standardbred race horse industry. Although, Derek did not pursue a career in that field his enthusiasm for working horses was realized when he and his wife Megan purchased and began operating their small horse powered farm in Braintree, VT. Over the years farming during the growing season and logging during the winter transitioned from winter work to year round Logging. Derek is currently a partner in Third Branch Horse Logging work full time Logging with horses in central Vermont.
Carl B. Russell is a horse-logger, forestry consultant, and timberland owner from Bethel, Vermont. He has operated Russell Forestry Services since 1986, specializing in ecological forestry and low-impact timber harvest with draft animals. Carl and his wife Lisa McCrory own and operate Earthwise Farm & Forest, a 150 acre diversified enterprise, where they raise organic vegetables and grass fed livestock, use draft animals for logging and field work, and offer workshops on skills for sustainable livelihoods. (www.earthwisefarmandforest.com)
Reva Seybolt has been working with draft horses since 1998, making haying, doing farm chores, personal logging, driving for pleasure, and combined driving. When the Belgians got too big, she switched to half-drafts: a Cleveland Bay-Suffolk cross and an Amish Percheron-Standard bred cross. She works both traditionally and using Natural Horsemanship. She loves barefoot trimming her drafts’ feet and uses boots.
John Smolinsky of Stannard VT is the owner-operator of Earthbound Forestry Services whose goal is ecological integrity and working with landowners so that they can understand how harvests provide long-term health and strength to the forests economic engine within a healthy and strong ecosystem. John has been working horses for 7 years and as a privately insured forest practitioner for 3 years. He has worked with horses and oxen and still has not come fully to grips on which he likes more. John has also been serving on the board of DAPNet for one year and has always learned a bunch at DAPNet events.
Brad Teeter works at The Farm School in Athol, MA. He is a former DAPNet Board of Director Member.
Chad Vogel breeds, trains and works Suffolk Punch Draft Horses. He farms and logs with his Suffolk horses on the Reber Rock Farm in Essex, NY.. He is also a certified biological woodsman who practices restorative forestry. www.reberrockdraftwood.com
Phil Warren of Alstead NH has owned draft horses for 35 years. He farms with 5 Belgians, making hay on 90 acres. Along with his wife Janet, they love to share their horses with others, bringing the horses to many public events. Phil is active with the Green Mountain Draft Horse Association and is the auctioneer for Saturday night’s auction
Cathy Wells, bio coming!
Bill West lives on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland on his family’s farm where he keeps his team of Suffolk Punch horses as well as an assortment of equine that his daughters have enjoyed over the years. He is a DAPNet Board member with a solid background of farming & logging experience with horses as well as an engineering & business background.
Jared Woodcock owns and operates Taproots Farm with his wife Shannon, and two kids, Calla, and Shiloh. He is the Agriculture Coordinator for SUNY Adirondack a small community college in the southern Adirondacks and is developing both credit and non-credit programs in sustainable agriculture. Jared has a broad range of interests, but most importantly he just wants to have a good time!