Staff Members
Jean-Paul Courtens (Founding Farmer)

Jean-Paul started Roxbury Farm in 1990 in Claverack after starting the vegetable garden at Hawthorne Valley Farm.  Jean-Paul attended a 4-year training school for Biodynamic Agriculture in the Netherlands before he emigrated to the United States.  In 2000, Roxbury Farm moved to new land in Kinderhook, gaining secure land tenure in perpetuity.  Jean-Paul's passion lies in building soil fertility, creating new ways to relate to the marketplace, and training new farmers.  In 2015, Jean-Paul was able to take all three of passions to a new project, the Hudson Valley Farm Hub, near Kingston, NY.  Jean-Paul, along with other members of the Farm Hub Team, are developing and implementing a new way to train farmers in the Hudson Valley.  His ties to Roxbury Farm remain strong but he is no longer involved in the day to day management of the farm. 

Jody Bolluyt and Keri Latiolais (Sister Farmers)

Jody Bolluyt first worked on Roxbury Farm in 1999 and became a partner in the farm in 2001.  She grew up in Iowa working on corn & soy bean farms but didn't discover her love for farming until she worked on a flower farm during college with her sister, Keri Latiolais.  Jody graduated from the University of Iowa where she studied biology, botany, and Spanish.  

Keri Latiolais joined the farm in 2011 after farming in Vermont for seven years; at Shelburne Farm, the Intervale Community Farm, and at Walker Farm.  Keri studied forestry and horticulture Iowa State University.  She was an intern at Longwood Gardens during college and spent some weekends working with Jody at Roxbury Farm, where the seed was planted.   

Together, Jody & Keri, manage the day to day work of the farm and will take the farm into the future to pass onto the next generation of farmers. 

Andrew Messenger (Farmer)

Andy joined the farm in 2015 after farming in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Hawaii.  Andy grew up in New Hampshire.  He attended art school in Chicago and then studied sustainable agriculture at Sterling College in Vermont.  Andy's humor, gift for song, and his veggie farming skills are an asset to the farm. 

Maxwell Hughes (Farmer/Delivery Driver)

Max joined Roxbury Farm in 2014 after working as a farm educator at Hawthorne Valley Farm.  He had worked on vegetable farms in the past in Vermont and California (where he grew up).  Max farms on some days and other days you will find him in the delivery truck driving our veggies to all of the CSA members.  While we miss his presence on farm we are glad our truck and vegetables are in such great hands.

Kyle Stark (Livestock Farmer & Farm Mechanic)

Kyle joined the farm in 2015 after graduating from SUNY Cobleskill with a degree in diesel mechanics.  Kyle grew up locally farming with his grandfather, father, and uncles.  His knowledge of the insides of tractors & trucks as well as an understanding of livestock and hay making make him an invaluable part of the Roxbury Farm team. 

Maria Loyola (Farm Staff)

Maria lives locally in Valatie with her husband and five children.  She has worked on farms for many years and we are grateful for her careful work, farming knowledge, and for her ready laughter.

Linda and Dave Bolluyt ( )

Linda and Dave are Jody and Keri's parents who joined the farm in 2004 after retiring from teaching in public school in Iowa.  Linda works in the office helping with CSA administration, bookkeeping, and meat orders. 

Dave is the farm handyman.  When we need something built or repaired we call on Dave, especially if it has something to do with electricity.    

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