2018 Anchor Run CSA Farmers!
Dana, Derek, Gabriel, Abigail, January 2018 in movable high tunnel
Dana Hunting and Derek McGeehan own and operate Anchor Run CSA. They arrived in the fall of 2008 to assume management of the 5-year-old CSA from the previous farming family. This will be their 10th season of farming at Anchor Run.
Derek is one generation removed from Bucks County, growing up in central PA just outside of Hershey amid dairy and grain farms and newly spreading suburbia. His parents were raised about 10 miles south of Anchor Run Farm. He still has family in the area. Dana grew up in Montgomery County just outside of Philadelphia, about 25 miles southwest of the farm, a combination of California and Hudson Valley New York lineage.
Immediately prior to arriving at Anchor Run Farm they managed a CSA near York, PA; were on the receiving end of a CSA in VA; and apprenticed at a CSA near State College, PA. Other previous horticultural/farming experience includes gardening, landscaping, nursery work, and baling hay. In 2006 they graduated from Penn State University with Bachelor or Science degrees in Geography. After earning their degrees Dana then worked as an Urban Planner for the City of Alexandria, VA, while Derek was Geographer for an engineering company. Growing food in a community garden during this time allowed them to keep their sanity while also exposing them fully to the benefits and pleasures of growing organic and healthy produce.
In 2013 future farmer Gabriel arrived, followed by his apprentice, Abigail in 2015. They now run the personnel and human resource department. When they're not fully involved in running the farm - which is hardly ever it seems - mom, dad, brother, sister enjoy being outside, working outside, tending plants organically, maintaining a healthy environment, cultivating community, reading, stargazing, bird watching, hiking, swimming, biking, walking, eating, cooking, sleeping (except dad), body-surfing, and tree planting.
Field Manager & Crew Leader Hannah Conner
Hannah joined the team of growers at Anchor Run Farm in the winter of 2016. She lives on site in the White Pine Ranch and is so happy to call Anchor Run her home.
Hannah first cultivated her love of plants and fresh food in her grandfather's and mother's gardens at her childhood home in Newtown borough. Inspired by these memories, she explored her interest in the natural world by taking jobs doing landscaping and working at a perennial plant nursery and even a flower shop. Her passion for things that grow also lead her to pursue a degree in Horticulture. Like Derek and Dana, after acquiring her Bachelor of Science, she ventured to the Washington D.C. area. While there she became immersed in Organic CSA farming at Clagett Farm, operated by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. After more than 3 years of honing her farming skills at Clagett, she decided to return to her roots and help feed the community she loves in Bucks County.
Hannah's role as field manager allows her to work closely with Dana and Derek and experience the scope of challenging and humbling tasks that are required to keep the farm running. As Derek once said, she is a wearer of many hats, requiring her to oversee everything from the seasonal staff to marketing to barn organization! Each day Hannah falls more in love with life here on the farm, and she is so thankful to the amazing community that allows Anchor Run to be so successful!
Assistant Farmer Patrick McGowan
Patrick joined the crew in the Spring of 2017. As an assistant farmer he is involved in every aspect of production both in the greenhouse and in the field.
Pat grew up in Churchville and has been a part of the farm’s community since childhood, as his family has been members for many years. Pat has always had a love for nature and outdoor activities. His interests eventually led him to gain growing experience at Esterly Link Landscapes. While landscaping, he also developed skills as a stone mason, which he puts to work around the farm as well.
Pat currently lives on site at the farm and looks forward to continuing to learn about sustainable agriculture during the following growing seasons.
CSA Pick Up Room Manager Becky Conner
Becky Conner is a native of Newtown and has been a member of Anchor Run since the 2016 season. She discovered the farm when her daughter, Hannah, became the Field Manager and has now fully embraced CSA life! Becky is thrilled to be helping out in the pick up room and, as a long time gardener, looks forward to continuing to learn about growing food!