About Us

Weatherlow Farms raises the highest quality grass-fed beef, lamb, and chevon, and pastured pork, poultry, and eggs in the seaside town of Westport, MA. We grow a curated selection of flowers and foliages, designing bouquets and arrangements for weddings and special events with materials entirely grown on the farm.

Food and florals are cared for with environmentally sustainable and socially responsible practices, which focus on the special link between soil health, animal health and human health.

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

The farm, purchased 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 while utilizing biological farming methods, which 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

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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Heather Hobler | Assistant Flower Manager

Heather joined the Weatherlow Florals Team in 2016 as Assistant Flower Manager. She works with Phoebe planning and growing the flowers, foraging, and creating beautifully unique designs. Her experience with florals and design goes back nearly thirty years. In addition to her work on the farm, Heather is a talented artist and yoga instructor. Her works are featured in shows throughout the Southcoast region and she teaches a variety of yoga styles at studios in the area.
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Brent Hayes | Land & Livestock Manager

Originally from the countryside of Ontario, Canada, Brent studied Biodynamic farming and gardening at the Pfieffer Centre, NY and later graduated from the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program with a focus in raw milk dairy and livestock management. Since then, he has continued to study and practice sustainable farming, under the direction of various agricultural mentors such as Sarah Flack and Greg Judy. Brent is passionate about holistic animal and land management and believes firmly in the benefits of mimicking nature and allowing animals to express their natural behavior, outdoors, on pasture in a diverse multi-species environment. Brent has managed various livestock and dairy operations while concentrating on developing healthy and resilient whole farm organisms through managed grazing.

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Emily Mellgard | Operations Manager

After more than a decade abroad, Emily decided it was time to return home, dig deep into the soil, and explore her love for agriculture. She found Weatherlow Farms, where she manages the office, coordinates the farm’s growing events program, and sustainably builds the farm’s capacity and activities. She loves participating in all aspects of the farm and playing with the dogs.

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Zeb

Zeb, a Border Collie, is a cornerstone of the farm. A constant companion of our Livestock Team, Zeb works to move the livestock through the fields. He is an essential farm worker, and finds great joy in his job. In his downtime, there’s nothing he loves more than playing fetch.

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Theodore Roosevelt (Teddy)

Teddy, a Great Pyrenees, lives among the chickens May to December. He defends them from predators like foxes, coyotes, and hawks as they roam through the pastures eating bugs and ticks from the grass. In winter Teddy shelters with the goats at their winter barn; making sure they don’t get up to too much mischief. He’s happiest among the livestock, guarding them.

Our Partners

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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

Join Us

Weatherlow Farms is growing! See our open job opportunities below.
Farmers’ Market Coordinator

Shopkeeper

Landscaper

To apply for an open position, send a resume and cover letter to Ryan Wagner at hello@weatherlowfarms.com.

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845 Sodom Road
Westport, MA 02790
hello@weatherlowfarms.com
phone: 1-508-938-9398

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