Jenny and Bruce Wooster have been growing high quality produce on community and organic farms since the mid 1990’s.
Jenny grew up in suburban Cincinnati, Ohio, and studied Anthropology and Women’s Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. While living in Boston a few years later, she began working at Allandale Farm in Jamaica Plain, and Waltham Fields Community Farm. One season, and she was hooked! After apprenticeships at the Food Bank Farm and Brookfield Farm, both in the Massachusetts Pioneer Valley, she went with Bruce to Ipswich, on the Massachusetts North Shore, to start a Community Supported Agriculture program at Appleton Farms, a property of a land conservation group, The Trustees of Reservations. Five years later, in 2006, Jenny and Bruce moved with their young daughter to set down roots at Picadilly Farm.
Bruce grew up around Concord, MA and South Burlington, VT. Following a B.A. in Human Ecology from Stanford University in California, Bruce spent a decade sailing professionally on educational vessels throughout the western Atlantic and the Caribbean. He interspersed some farming in the mix, including a season at Seed Savers Exchange in Iowa, and time helping his brother start up Sunrise Farm CSA, in White River Junction, Vermont. He worked at Land’s Sake Farm in Weston, MA, before joining Jenny at Appleton Farms.
Allegra Halverson grew up in Keene, NH. After high school she spent two years in Belize working on organic farms and taming snakes at a reptile zoo. Fascinated by the tropical plants, she studied Botany and Agriculture at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. She then spent two seasons planting trees and learning French in Northern Quebec before returning home to NH. She joined the crew at Picadilly in 2012 and became the Assistant Manager in 2014. Allegra can occasionally be found scratching a pig, but she is pretty much a plant person to the core.
Harold Bigelow is Picadilly Farm’s new Field and Equipment Technician. Harold grew up here in Winchester, just a half mile down the road from Picadilly. He earned an Associate’s Degree in Plant Science from the University of NH. After graduation he lived in the seacoast area for several years where he was greenhouse foreman for Elliott Rose Company. He returned to Winchester with his family in 1981, and worked here on this very farm when it was still Windale Dairy Farm. Harold has also been a self-employed carpenter and produces award-winning maple syrup. In his spare time he volunteers as Chair of the Board of Directors at the Winchester Learning Center, weaves baskets, and of course spends time with his three grandchildren!