Jennifer’s passion for local food and farms began in 1998 with work on a small farm on the craggy coast of Inishmore, Ireland. There, farmers grew astonishingly beautiful vegetables, celebrated by the community, in soil made by the hands of settlers, from sand and seaweed dragged from the ocean’s edge. She was hooked. Jennifer brought her newfound passion for hand-grown food back to the Philadelphia area and became The Fair Food Farmstand’s first volunteer.
Jennifer’s expertise in sustainable food developed during 20+ years of hands-on C-Suite leadership experience leading farms, nonprofit organizations, and dynamic retail operations. Her farming career began in 2003 at the 138-acre Willow Creek Orchards, Montgomery County’s first certified organic farm, as the General Manager of the 5000-square-foot on-farm market, pick-your-own operation, and community engagement. In subsequent years, Jen was recruited to General Manager and Chief Operating Officer positions to lead food and farm businesses and nonprofits through startup, growth, and contraction phases. Jennifer co-founded a national food and farm consulting firm and led the business development efforts that spurred its significant growth before starting Pie Bird Farm in Bucks County with her husband Eric. Her efforts are now focused on revitalizing their 58-acre farm and the continued growth of their scratch bakehouse.