Dina Brewster became a farmer ten years ago after teaching, first in the Philippines as a Peace Corps volunteer and then in the Bronx as a high school English teacher. She founded The Hickories as a one acre vegetable garden and has overseen the development of new products and new acreage as the farm business has grown. Committed to connecting people with working land, Dina chose to return to her family's farm in Ridgefield and start the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program, one that still exists as the backbone of the farm's business plan.
Laura Mulligan is our Livestock and Floral farmer. She came to The Hickories as in intern in 2013 and found her calling. She devotes herself to promoting local agriculture -- anything that celebrates farming.
Nick DeBrock is our Head Grower and Field Manager. After earning a bachelor's in Crop Science at University of Illinois, he is starting his career in commercial agriculture at The Hickories. As an intern, he quickly fell in love with the work, lifestyle, and mission of The Hickories and stayed on to complete his Apprenticeship here, as well. He is committed to creating a four season harvest and working on expanding our growing practices to include no-till and other innovations.