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12/11/15 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Maggie Higby in Sylvester Manor’s Windmill Field doing what she loves, being outside and farming.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Maggie Higby in Sylvester Manor’s Windmill Field doing what she loves, being outside and farming.

Maggie Higby, a farm apprentice at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, was a high school student when she had an experience with a cow that shaped her future.

She milked it. (more…)

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08/11/14 8:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Mary Hillemeier amid binfuls of the fruit of her team’s labors at the Manor’s farmstand.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO
Mary Hillemeier amid binfuls of the fruit of her team’s labors at the Manor’s farmstand.

Farming is not what it used to be.

Thank goodness.

Mary Hillemeier, vegetable grower at Sylvester Manor Farm, is articulate, well-educated and elegant. The very model of a modern farmer, she is trained in, and devoted to small-scale, sustainable and community-based practices.

She leads the workers of Sylvester Manor Farm by example. Picking a row of prickly okra, her smile is bright and her manner friendly, but her hands are powerful, rough and calloused, and they speak volumes about her. (more…)