About Us

About Us


Our Mission is to be a steward of the land.  To heal and nurture with the highest level of animal husbandry and agricultural practice.

Our “eco-organic”, biological farming practices allow us to honor the special link between soil health, animal health and human health.

Weatherlow Farms sits atop one of the highest points in bucolic Westport, MA. Our 200 rolling acres of pasture, field, woodlands, and wetlands are home to a growing abundance of livestock and wildlife.

The farm, purchased from the Medeiros family in 2014, has a rich agricultural history, supporting a thriving dairy operation for much of the past century. Today, the overarching goal of Weatherlow Farms is to provide a superior product while supporting biodiversity and utilizing biological farming methods with a focus on soil health.

“Everything that takes place now, in the early stages of the farm’s redevelopment, is of critical importance. We are working hard to take the right steps to protect all of the land, not just the production acreage.  We are dedicated to things that may not have a direct financial return, but are simply the right thing to do” – Ryan Wagner

Our animals are always treated with respect and are always on high quality pasture. Our biologically active soils are our secret to delivering proteins that are packed full of vital nutrition. Our “eco-organic” farming practices allow us to honor the special relationship between optimal soil health, animal health and human health.

Weatherlow Farms’ livestock operation is overseen by Rebecca Brown, who brings a wealth of animal and pasture management knowledge to the table. Phoebe Poole (formerly of Eva’s Garden) oversees our high tunnel and outdoor floral production.  Our conservation efforts are directed by Carol Trocki and Rupert Grantham (of Walden Forest Conservation) oversees our forestry program.

Mission Statement

Our plan was to create a unique team platform with highly specialized individuals who could help us create agricultural and environmental value in our community. Our team consists of employees and advisors who are all passionate about responsible farming, sustainable living, and smart eating.

Meet Our Team

Ryan Wagner

Ryan Wagner | Founder, Weatherlow Farms

Inspired by his work with a variety of conservation groups, a love for animals and food, and the desire to run his own sustainable business, Ryan purchased the farm in January 2014. His vision; to produce the highest quality food while using farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare. He has enthusiastically embraced the project and is responsible for the farm’s overall strategy and vision. To help bring his dream to life, Ryan has assembled a team of specialists each with unique capabilities and passion. His background is in finance and real estate and he continues to serve as founder and principal of Oak Hill Investments.  He is a graduate of Colby College and holds an MBA from The Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Ryan proudly serves on the board of The Marion Institute.
 
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Phoebe Poole | Flower Manager

After working for eight years on a variety of farms across the country, Phoebe started laying the groundwork for Weatherlow Florals in the fall of 2015, with the goal of helping to supply the wedding and event industry on the South Coast and in Rhode Island with sustainably grown specialty cut flowers and foliages. Her past farm experience has included vegetable and livestock farming, as well as edible and cut flower production. She is a graduate of Wellesley College with a degree in biology. Of all that farming has to offer, Phoebe most enjoys the tangible outcome after a day of hard work – neatly weeded rows of seedlings and buckets of lovely blooms!
 
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Carol Lynn Trocki | Weatherlow Farms Conservation Biologist

Carol is a conservation biologist who, for the past eleven years, has been working with conservation organizations and municipalities to help them prioritize land protection efforts, document conservation values, and plan for the long-term stewardship of their protected properties.  She gets excited about the intersection of landscape-level ecology and human values and enjoys helping individuals better understand, connect with, and manage the land in their care.  Carol is passionate about communicating her understanding of ecological systems and believes sustainable local agriculture is a vital part of any thriving landscape.  She has a Master’s Degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Rhode Island where she currently teaches wildlife management, serves on the board of the Rhode Island Land Trust Council, and is co-owner of Mosaic Land Management, LLC in Little Compton, RI.

cltrocki@gmail.com

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Rupert Grantham | Forester at Weatherlow Farms

Owner, manager and forester for Walden Forest Conservation, a consulting forestry and forest products business, Rupert has worked in Southeastern Massachusetts for 10 years. He has worked as a consulting forester in Vermont and Tennessee, as well as in logging, land conservation, forestry investment management, tropical hardwood production in Paraguay, and plantation pine forestry in New Zealand. Rupert is a trustee for the Grantham Foundation for the protection of the environment, and on the board of the New England Forestry Foundation. Rupert’s main goals are the development of community sustainability through the promotion of a working land ethic and a sustainable land-based economy. He has a BS from the University of Vermont and an MBA in ‘Managing for Sustainability’ from Marlboro Graduate Center.

simplylocalwood@gmail.com