Richard comes from western Massachusetts and was a 4H youth. His gardens were award winners and his free time was spent in the woods and fields. A talent for writing saw him publish his first piece in a daily newspaper on earth stewardship when he was 16. His dad taught him to work with metals and wood and those skills find endless outlets here. Everywhere on the farm you see his thoughtful work in setting up our solar electric system, water system and developing our garden plots and box gardens. His mind is always at work and with the help of talented community experts we have come a long way to making the farm a self-sustaining venture.
Marcia grew up in the Washington metro area but her heart was firmly in the Rockies where she spent the summer months hiking among the peaks. Moving to Top of Allegheny brought her back to her love of the outdoors and quickly rekindled her interest in native botany. She began to identify what grew along the path and then learned how these plants historically helped those who once lived on the mountain. Her journey now is learning, sharing and teaching about our natural bounty and how what some call weeds can find a tasty place at the table and enhance our well-being.
In the winter they work together to “harvest” snow so Marcia can snow dye silk scarves. Her colorful explosions brighten their days. Richard helps with the long process and from his work find ways to conserve resources.
Over the years they have supported the county Farmers Market and Green Bank Gallery – always promoting local food, local heritage arts and local jobs to visitors and neighbors alike.