Galin- Galin has been around the farm for a long, long time. As one of MT‘s oldest and best friends she has been here for so many of our family life’s precious moments, from sleepovers, to Homecoming Dances, to catching turkeys running around the barnyard. Galin attended James Madison University and majored in Communications (which has been a huge help to us here at the Farm). After college, Galin got into the Sales world ( stayed there for 3 years) knowing it wasn’t her forever job, but that it was a good experience. Galin and MT worked together as waitresses in Purcellville, Virginia, during the days of Main Street Wings. As destiny would have it for this dynamic duo, Galin offered her services to help MT with our farm’s Patio Services and slowly but surely she began showing up more and more. This was a gift we will be forever grateful, she stepped up to the plate (so to speak ) gave of herself to help our small farm operation out of true friendship. In addition to volunteering here, she is following her life dream and studying to become an Elementary School teacher. Those are lucky children to have such a brilliant, fun loving women shaping their little innocent lives just as she helps shape us here at the farm with her love and fun for life. She works diligently in the shop, plates food during Patio Services, contributes to Wednesday night packaging and works with MT on our Social outreach. She brings a tremendous help to the Farm team, offering us support by lending an extra set of hands or offering insight when a project needs to get completed. She is a true treasure, abundance of joy with that right attitude.
Alison- Alison and our youngest daughter Mary Elaine grew up together in the 4-H Pony Club. They have been best of friend’s and together have been our worker bee’s from the very beginnings! MaryElaine and Alison have a special friendship – what is said and shared on the farm between them – stays on the farm – no kidding these two have each others back, thick and thin. Alison helps out with everything and never complains, and I mean that, NEVER COMPLAINS no matter how late it can get, no matter how much homework may be ahead of her – especially during tough holiday schedules. Not only is she the one that -almost always – like 99.9% of the time- hand slices our cheese into their 1/2 to 1-pound packages – she completes the farm team for Wednesday night packaging (Along with Mary Elaine, Galin & MT), writing your names on the bags for Pre-Orders, packaging chicken to each of your personal request, to staying calm when the going gets tough. Alison NEVER hesitates to do what needs to be done, she is an integral part to helping everything function smoothly. You’ll see Alison around the shop on Patio Services days as well as pitching in in the Farm Shop whenever we need her. We are extremely proud to have Miss Alison on our team!
I don’t know if you have ever had your own farming operation, but if you haven’t I will be the first to tell you, it’s not always cute little baby animals and beautiful crops. It is a lot of work. Your job doesn’t begin when you walk in the office or end when you leave. It is all the time. It’s when you wake up in the middle of the night because there is a fox attacking your mother hens. Or when you’re finally starting to thaw out from getting all the animals locked up when it is 5˚ outside and your momma ewe decides to have her baby. But, it’s in those moments of new life that you are able to sit back and appreciate all the hard work that goes into it. I wouldn’t be anywhere without the help of my awesome farm team. It has taken years to get where I am and to get a group that works so well together. I am very fortunate. Since it takes a village to keep our little farm operation running, I want to introduce you to everyone!
MaryTeresa Boland – “MT” went to Virginia Tech and graduated with a degree in Human Development. From the beginning of our farm she has always helped with writing the newsletters, working on the website and doing as much as she could while away at school. I was thrilled when she graduated because I wanted her to come help me full time. Unfortunately she had a different idea in mind. I was very supportive of that and let her go off on her own and do her own thing. While she was working in the mortgage business for three years, I had some time to grow the farm business. I then reached a point where I needed more help. I needed someone that knew and understood what we were doing here and why. It’s not just about eating good meat; it’s about knowing what is going on in your system and how you can be the healthiest you! She got me. She got the mission behind the farm. And that’s when I knew I needed to approach her again. She has now been helping me for almost two years. She is the one that literally does everything. MT is in charge of our employees, organizing Thanksgiving Turkeys, marketing, social media, accounting, patio service… I could go on for days. MT has been a huge asset to our Farm and has given me the freedom to step away from some of the shop work so that I can work in the kitchen and grow our Bone Broths!
Mike North – Mike is our Farm Manager. He came to us from Philadelphia about a year and a half ago and we haven’t looked back since. He is our “do-it-all” man when it comes to the operation of all our farm equipment, butcher runs, animals and more. When I mention that this job isn’t easy, just talk to Mike. This isn’t your standard job. You will never know what you are going to come into in the morning. From waking up at 3am to go on butcher runs, to cleaning out the incubator that has a rotten egg (Trust me when I say you NEVER want to smell this!) to taking care of a sick lamb; it’s not exactly easy to write up a job description. Mike begins at 3am on Wednesday mornings, coordinating with the processors, checking each package of meat we receive, and making sure the meat we are receiving is from the animals we took in. He is our liaison for our wholesale accounts as well. Mike works with the customers and quality checks each item to ensure our customers satisfaction upon delivery. The best part, Mike does it every week with a smile on! He won’t be the face you see in the shop on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday, but he is the one that makes sure all of our freshly cut meats make it back to the farm and in our fridge so you can come shop!
Stay tuned for more of our farm team!
As we continue to grow here at Fields of Athenry we wanted to be able to share this experience with you all more. We consider all of you friends, and we really mean that! Your love and support is what keeps us rolling and keeps the farm up and running. Without you we wouldn’t exist or have half as much fun existing!
For us, this Blog is a way to give everyone a more in-depth look into who we are, what we do, why we do it, the fun we have, and the lessons we learn. Our hope is that you enjoy this blog, learn from it, share it, and interact with it! We will be sharing farm stories, events, recipes, day-to-day fun, nutritional lessons, and much more!
We’re headed on a Blogging Adventure and it’s going to be a good one! So here we go friends.. Fields of Athenry is officially a “Blogging Farm.”
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Photos by: Heartfelt Moments by Jean