Amy and CJ met many years ago while working at Gould Farm, a therapeutic community and working farm for adults with mental illness. Nearly all of the staff and all of the clientele (known as “guests” at Gould Farm) live on the farm and everyone participates in some way in the work of sustaining the farm; the work is the backbone of Gould Farm’s therapeutic model. Amy and CJ first met while working on the farm team, handling the dairy and milk processing operations. Though both went on to work in other departments within the farm, as well as eventually other careers outside of the farm, they often reflect on how early work in agriculture is what brought them together in the first place.
Eventually, Amy went on to earn her Masters in Social work at SUNY at Albany, and currently works for a local nonprofit human services agency. When not engaged in the work of her day job she most likely can be found tending our flock of ducks (or snuggling with our three dogs on the sofa). In fact, it was Amy’s interest in ducks that encouraged us to launch this venture. Specifically, she is passionate about understanding the genetics of feather color and other hereditary traits and how to best breed ducks to maintain the uniqueness of their breeds.
CJ, after his time farming, went on to attend the Culinary Institute of America, and then to work as a bakery and pastry chef in many cafes, bakeries, and restaurants in Western Massachusetts. He also worked as a food safety consultant for several years. CJ understands both the agricultural and culinary sides of a product such as duck eggs, and is very excited to bring a superior egg, especially when it comes to baking, to restaurants and the general public. Though no longer in food service, CJ continues to spend much of his time growing, raising, preserving, and preparing our own food. (He can also be found, quite often, snuggling with our three dogs on the sofa.)
Both of us are passionate about our lifestyle, about the food we raise, and how we go about raising it. To us, the business of selling duck eggs is an extension of this lifestyle, fueled by the same values and passion that brought us to this land in the first place.