Meet Our New Full-Time Staff
A sign of our organizational strength and growth is our ability to fund, recruit, and hire talented full-time staff to continue the incredible groundwork laid to date. Working in partnership with our Board and volunteers, Aliza, Joyce, and Ken will add the support and consistency needed for our future success and capacity to meet the needs of our community.
Joyce joined the Pitney team in January! Joyce’s love of gardening and the natural world is rooted in her early childhood experiences, where working farms and open space were part of the local landscape. She has focused her career on protecting natural habitats and building healthy communities through nonprofit and community-based work.
Her early preservation work included the grassroots effort to protect Columbia County's highest point (Harvey Mountain) from development, followed by 11 years with the Columbia Land Conservancy, coordinating site improvements and public access to conservation areas, with a passion for creating accessible trails. Her most recent nonprofit work focused on ‘edible’ education programs in southern New Hampshire, where her fundraising and program development efforts were dedicated to growing community and school gardens along with cooking and nutrition classes. She is delighted to be part of the Pitney Meadows team and looks forward to helping the organization grow! Joyce and her husband live in Glens Falls.
Aliza Pickering, Vegetable Manager
Aliza also joined our team in January. Raised on a farm in Southern Vermont, plants have been a part of Aliza's life since the beginning. Her family raised pigs, chickens and cows along with a vegetable, flower nursery and landscaping business. Aliza started a CSA in 2012 on her parent’s property and created relationships selling to local restaurants over the years. She has learned a lot from working alongside her parents and using other farms in the area as a playground for learning. She looks forward to working with the Pitney Meadows team and integrating the community into the Farm!
Many of you know Ken as he's been with the farm since early 2018. Ken is now serving as our Director in a full-time role. Ken brings extensive farming experience from the Hudson Valley Region with both for profit and nonprofit operations. He was a founding partner at Hollow Road Farms, the first integrated sheep dairy farm in the United States. He later managed The Old Chatham Sheepherding Company, a 1,000 ewe sheep dairy farm and cheesemaking operation. He was the Genetics Director for the nonprofit Heritage Breed Conservancy and then served for 13 years as VP of Operations at Glynwood Center, a large agriculture nonprofit in Cold Spring, NY, which featured a 200 acre vegetable and livestock working farm and an extensive range of programs. Ken also worked as a consultant for USAID on projects in Bosnia and Macedonia.