The Meadowood Crew
Running a livestock and dairy farm takes a team, starting with a bunch of smart and passionate humans, interested in figuring out how to produce great food from pasture; and finishing with predator-averting dogs, pest-controlling cats, and parasite-grabbing chickens. Meet them all here:
Quincy Wool, Farm Manager
Quincy came to Central New York via Morrisville College's Dairy Science program. She loves to milk and work with livestock, and she manages Meadowood's daily operations with singular cheerfulness.
Bee Tolman, Farm Manager
Bee has been in the livestock farming business for 35 years (how is that even possible?!?!?), starting as a shepherd in Scotland in 1982, then working with dairy cattle and hogs, and now with dairy sheep and beef cattle.
Marc Schappell, Farm Owner
Marc and Tom purchased the farm in the late 1990s, following Marc's dream of starting a Belted Galloway herd. Over the years, Marc has been focused on developing one of the best Belted Galloway herds in the country, and then one of the best sheep dairy flocks in the country.
Will McCrink, Farm Worker
Will spends his days at Meadowood feeding animals, moving fencing for the rotational grazing, and beating back the vegetation on the farm's miles and miles of fenceline. Will loves working with animals, and will be attending Morrisville College and then Cornell University, to pursue a veterinary degree.
Livestock Guardian Dogs (Lucy, Dixie, & Izzie)
We use livestock guard dogs, primarily Great Pyrenees and Maremmas, to keep predators (coyotes, dogs) away from our sheep flocks. The guard-dog puppies are brought up with lambs, and bond with the sheep. The sheep, in turn, become very comfortable with these large, white, docile dogs that are clearly not a threat. But when the guard dogs are alarmed by a predator, they stand and bark, warning and warding off the intruder.
Tom Anderson, Farm Owner
Tom has played a key role on the farm: listener, objective consultant, and steady supporter. Although his professional world is in real estate, he loves Meadowood, with its green and rolling landscape and beautiful animals, and the Cazenovia community that it sits in.
Fiona Flynn, Farm Intern Emeritus
Before coming to Meadowood, Fiona (pictured above, on the right, in the Meadowood milking parlor) spent many years in Iowa, first studying at Cornell College, and then working on an organic vegetable farm. In Cazenovia you will see her big smile at our farmers market stand. On the farm she is involved in milking and pasture management, as well as quickly becoming our primary person to attack all things mechanical. ... Postscript: Fiona has returned to Northern California to pursue a career in sustainable energy systems.
The Chicken Battalion
Climate change is having a big impact on us all, and particularly on farmers. One example is the pests and parasites that have appeared in the Northeast because they are no longer kept in check by our much-milder winters. At Meadowood Farms we are using chickens to help us counter the effects of one particular internal parasite that affects the sheep. The chickens' mobile coops are moved with the sheeps' pasture rotations. The hens do an amazingly good job of breaking the parasite's cycle, and provide the farm staff with a bonus as well -- rich, deep-yellow-yolked eggs!