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.
Susie Parke-Sutherland hails from Missouri, and came to New England to attend Smith College in Northampton, MA. After graduating with a degree in psychology, she discovered her love of farming while apprenticing at Luna Bleu Farm in Central Vermont. After working at Picadilly in 2008, she then spent a season as a farmer-at-large in Hawaii and California. Since 2010, Susie has been the full-time Assistant Manager of Picadilly.