DAPNet Board of Directors 2016
President, Donn Hewes email@example.com, Northland Sheep Dairy, Marathon, NY
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. They sell all their cheese, meat and wool products at the Ithaca Farmer’s Market. 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.. Last year we used a combine pulled by horses and mules for the first time. Recently Donn has purchased a Mammoth Jack Donkey that will help insure good working mules for years to come. In his spare time Donn sells parts and repairs horse drawn mowers.
Vice-President, Michael Glos, firstname.lastname@example.org, Berkshire, NY
I have farmed with my wife Karma and daughter Rosemary for the last 20 years at Kingbird Farm in Berkshire, NY. We operate a diverse certified organic farm producing vegetables, herbs, plants, pork, beef, duck, chicken, and eggs. We have done this from the beginning with the assistance of draft horses and ponies ranging from Percherons and Belgians to our current Fjords and Haflinger. They are active in the woods in the fields and woods as we all continue to learn and grow together.
Secretary, Daniel Grover email@example.com, Pittsburgh, PA
Daniel Grover grew up in Virginia and Maryland, went to high school in North Carolina at a Jewish boarding school, lived in Israel for a year, and began farming during summers while at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. He worked as a farm camp counselor at the FARM Institute on Martha’s Vineyard in 2009 and 2010 and had his first ox droving opportunities there. After a semester each in England and Costa Rica pursuing agriculture and learning about the food system, he returned to school and began working in exchange for vegetables at the Dickinson College Farm. After Graduation, he remained at the farm for the season. The next season he moved north to the finger lakes where he learned to drive horses and ran a small vegetable CSA and market garden called Two Spruce Farm using draft horses and mules at the Northland Sheep Dairy. He then worked at Evening Song Farm near Rutland VT for the 2014 season. In 2015, he worked at Greyrock Farm. He’s currently a support specialist at Small Farm Central in Pittsburgh, PA and he and his partner, are starting a horse-powered farm outside of the city in 2017.
Treasurer, Jay Fisher, firstname.lastname@example.org, Charlestown, NH
I’m a teacher of the life sciences to high school students in Langdon, NH. I work with horses when I’m not teaching, and sometimes when I am. My primary team is a pair of Percherons. We do a lot of carriage work, logging, mowing, and spreading manure. I hope to plow and cultivate my garden with horses eventually.
I have travelled a lot. Recent travels took me to Alaska for the Student Conservation Association, where I worked with students building trails in wilderness areas. Lately I have been remaining on the farm and spending more time on goals there and working with DAPNet. Hopefully we’ll create opportunities for folks like me to learn and practice needed skills.
Gillian Goldberg, email@example.com, Champion, PA
Gillian started drawing pictures of horses at age 8, but didn’t get around to working with them until 2012, when she left her native Pennsylvania for Greyrock Farm in Cazenovia, New York. Gillian grew vegetables at Greyrock for three seasons. She left in April of 2015, and began a farm tour that took her to six states and one Canadian province, over a dozen farms, and allowed her to drive about 25 different animals. She is currently in Marathon, NY, learning the subtle art of mule training.
Lizzie Koltai, firstname.lastname@example.org, Guilford, Maine
I started Helios Horsepower Farm with my team of Halflingers this past spring (2014). I grow organic vegetables in Bowdoinham, Maine for The Good Shepard Food Bank as well as some smaller retailers and
processors. I found my team while working for another horse powered farm here in Maine, and a favorable lease situation soon followed. In the coming years I hope to expand my vegetable production, eventually find a piece of land of my own and broaden my horse powered operation
to include logging.
Emily Landeck, email@example.com, Montague, MA
Emily grew up in Santa Cruz, California and went to school in Tacoma, Washington for Biology. After spending time in Costa Rica and studying the farm ecosystems there, she was hired on to run the educational programs at Sylvester Manor Farm on Shelter Island, NY. After a summer of farming and teaching young children about farms she was hooked! She spent the next year and a half at Sylvester Manor running the kids programs and working on the farm crew. Her desire for continuous learning and to farm ever more sustainably brought her to Natural Roots Farm in Conway, MA where she learned to drive horses and gained a full appreciation for horse powered vegetable farming. She spent two years as an apprentice at Natural Roots and has since been working part time at Valley View Farm a small horse-powered vegetable operation in Haydenville, MA. This past summer she spent a month biking between Seattle, WA and Arcata, CA visiting and working for 12 different horse-powered farm operations. In 2016 Emily will be harvest managing at Riverland Farm in Sunderland, MA and although they do not have horses, she aims to start her own horse-powered vegetable operation in the near future!
John Smolinsky, firstname.lastname@example.org, Greensboro Bend, VT
John Smolinsky was introduced to working animals in 2010 when he started at Sterling College in Craftsbury Common Vermont. He went on to Intern with Carl Russell, 30 year horse logger in Bethel Vermont. Following his internship he started his own small logging business using a Belgian draft horse. Earthbound Forestry Services focuses on low volume, high frequency harvest within the parameters of a silvicultural management plan. John focuses on putting the ecological integrity of the forest first by using horses special draft capability within a harvest. The goal is to work 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.
Will Stephens, email@example.com, Nantucket, MA
I am here to wave the flag of inexperience. I live on a small farm with my wife and small collection of animals… a dream come true. I am trying to transition to draft and driving horses from saddle horses and the one AMAZING mentor I had sold her farm to us and moved to France. Low & behold, I found DAPNet. An amazing collection of unselfish people dedicated to living a human scale, working animals as part of a sustainable lifestyle, with an unmatched energy for sharing and helping. I have chosen to join the Board of Directors to increase my level of involvement to do what I can to help other people find this group and to encourage more experienced people to get and stay involved. Living on Nantucket, I have limited farm work that I can do with my horses so I am working towards a commercial carriage business, retiring my tractor from the contract mowing I do and trying to pick up a little forestry management work. I’ve got a long way to go but it’s a lot of fun! As the owner & president of the residential building company Stephens & Company, Inc., I bring to the board a strong background in business management with a focus on customer service and hope to use these to further the mission of DAPNet.
Bill West, firstname.lastname@example.org, Cambridge, MD
Bill West comes to the DAPNet board with a solid background of farming & logging experience with horses as well as an engineering & business background. He lives on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland on his families’ farm where he keeps his team as well as an assortment of equine that his daughters (now in college) have enjoyed over the years. His hobbies include cowboy mounted shooting and of course – sailing. Bill was a key volunteer for the 2014 Field Days, organizing the equipment demonstrations and connecting with equipment manufacturers and harness makers. His strong business background and steady support for all aspects of draft animal power make him a solid addition to the board.
Jared Woodcock, email@example.com, Cambridge, NY 2816
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 noncredit programs in sustainable agriculture. Jared has a broad range of interests but most importantly he just wants to have a good time!
Administrator, Reva Seybolt firstname.lastname@example.org East Woodstock. CT
Reva came to draft horses in her 50s after taking 30 years off from horses. She has done some haying (including mowing), logging, spreading manure, hauling stones and brush, Memorial Day Parades, and general chores with her farm team of Belgians on her hay farm in north eastern CT. She studied the soil with the VT Grass Farmers/NOFA and uses rotational grazing. She has assisted with the Low Impact Forestry weekends at MOFGA, has been a volunteer at the NEAPField Days and managed the Brooklyn CT Draft Horse Show. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School. She cares passionately about land and draft animals and hopes to continue to bring thoughtful energy to DAPNet.