At Spring Brook Farm our staff is highly experienced in the areas of outdoor environmental and agricultural stewardship. The staff’s experience in working with both children and agriculture, combined with their well-rounded interests off the farm, provides an unparalleled learning experience for our student farmers.
Curt Allen, Farm Director
Having been involved with the Farm since 1983 when his family managed Spring Brook Farm, Curt was named Farm Director in 2010. He is responsible for managing the Farm’s 1,000 acres, teaching students sustainable and land stewardship practices whether harvesting hay in the fields, milking Jersey cows in the dairy barn or producing maple syrup in our Sugar House.
An active member of the community, Curt is Deputy Fire Chief of the Reading Fire Department, Justice of the Peace, Trustee of Public Funds, an E911 Coordinator and serves on the Board of Civil Authority, bringing invaluable knowledge and experience to the Farm.
Gary Vittum, Grounds and Maintenance Manager
Gary holds an Associate’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, bringing extensive knowledge to maintain Farm operations at peak capacity and incorporate innovation and technology throughout the Farm grounds. Gary enjoys interacting with the kids and sharing his knowledge so they better understand all that it takes to operate a Farm.
Gary joined the Farm in 2002 and is both Fire Chief of the Reading Fire Department and a Vermont State Certified Instructor in Fire Service.
Michele Palazzo, Herd Manager
Michele is responsible for the overall management of the dairy barn including milking and caring for our Jersey herd. Michelle joined the Farm in 2008 after studying Dairy management at the University of New Hampshire and working at their teaching and research facility.
Michele, who lives on the farm with her husband and four children, is the leader of the Top of the World 4H Dairy Club, and has won many awards showing the Spring Brook Farm cows at local fairs.
Ashley Koetsier, Assistant Herd Manager
Ashley grew up locally and has had a passion for animals since she was young. She graduated from the University of Vermont, majoring in Environmental Science & Forestry. Her life long dream of becoming a veterinarian lead her to seek work and experience at local farms during high school. Her farm skills started with horses and progressed into a love for dairy farming. Having worked on dairy farms for the past ten years, she is excited to be part of Spring Brook Farm.
Ashley now lives in Reading with her Boyfriend Tim, her dog Acer, and her cat Louie. She enjoys jogging in warmer weather, recently joined a local roller derby team, and volunteers for the Reading Fire Department.
Andy Palazzo, Farm Hand
Andy assists all year round with farm related activities, such as maintaining our fields and pastures, sugaring in the spring and keeping the farm roadways navigable in the winter months.
Andy joined the Farm in 2011 and is a volunteer for the Reading Fire Department, an active ice hockey player in the local men’s league and an outdoor enthusiast.
Eric Joyal, Farm Hand
Eric is instrumental in the upkeep of the Farm’s fields and equipment, haying in the summer/fall seasons and turning cheese in the Cheese House. Eric’s dedication and hard work since he joined the Farm in 2008 is a motivational model for the students who see him throughout the day as he shares his friendly smile.
Eric, a graduate of Unity College in Maine, is a volunteer of the Reading Fire Department and spends his free time riding horses and snowmobiling.
Tatiana Werner-McCarthy, Office Manager
Tatiana works with all three directors, Farm, Education, and Cheese. She is the liaison between the farm office and the business office in New York. She is the smiling face that greets you in the office, and the paparazzi that follows the school kids. She tries her best to get lots of photos of each school group posted to Facebook, so parents, families, and friends can see what the kids are doing while they are here at the farm. She also enjoys doing farm tours.
Tatiana, lives near the farm with her husband and three children. She loves being outdoors any season, whether its sledding, hiking, or gardening.