…) Kees Overgaag, Farmer in Chief – Kees is a “transplant” from the Netherlands, where he grew up, and France, where he lived for several years before arriving here. He has done many interesting jobs, from managing logistics in the Central Dutch Flower Market, to coaching last-chance kids in the wilderness and assisting on a French organic goat farm. He even has experience as a Green Beret in the army. He runs a tight ship, and feels very passionately about – in his words -- “putting good food on the plate”. He arrived in the US in 2009 and undertook a major overhaul of the basic infrastructure of the entire farm. In the following year he set about the business of becoming a full-time farmer, learning everything he can as he goes along. Every year there is some new project happening, new irrigation, a rebuilt stone wall, blueberry bushes planted, a pheasant pen! You name it, he can do it. Every year the soil becomes happier and the vegetables look more beautiful. He is very proud of the farm.
Alain Bressac, aka Papa – Papa is our chef-in-residence at the farm. For many years, he worked with Kees’s brother, Paul, at his Cambridge restaurant, the red house, and before that, Giannino’s. Papa has a storied life that he loves to share tales of… his days in Montecarlo, Miami in the 70’s, working for fancy cruise ships, and in his earliest days, his position as personal chef to the Krups family in Europe. Now he is a country man; preparing delicious meals for the field crew, utilizing the fresh ingredients from the farm itself, combined with tidbits sent out from the restaurant. He makes the farm’s daily bread and always manages to rustle up something sweet for coffee time at 10. WWOOFer’s have given the food at Charlie’s Redhouse Farm rave reviews, but the best part is sharing them with Papa.
Christopher Miller, First Mate in the Field – Christopher grew up less than a quarter of a mile up the road from our farm, where he lives with his family. He is Kees’s right-hand man in all practical matters around the farm. He is a nature enthusiast and is our go-to guy for identifying different animal, bird, insect, and reptile species that wander through our environment. When he is not working at the farm, Christopher takes beautiful photographs. Christopher and his family are active homesteaders who run their own small family farm operation, growing their own vegetables & raising livestock to feed their family. He brings the rich knowledge of his upbringing to his work, and takes every opportunity to learn more.
Amy Scanes-Wolfe, Too-Many-Job-Titles-to-Narrow-It-down-to-Just-One – Amy joined the farmily in 2012 as a WWOOFer. Recently she finished her degree in Anthropology at Middlebury College, and will be returning to Charlie’s Redhouse Farm for her third season this year. She loves the countryside and very much enjoys meeting and interacting with people, and enjoys working the Farmer’s Markets for this reason. When she is not herding chickens, haying fields, weeding rows, harvesting vegetables, building fences, emailing customers, planting seeds, loading the truck, unloading the truck, collecting eggs, and doing a MILLION other things, she enjoys biking, running, and writing. Amy also acts as liaison to the new WWOOFers that join our team each season, giving them a warm welcome and helping them adjust to life on the farm.