We both grew up amongst the trees and waters of Northern New York. Having gardens and animals somewhere within the realm of our daily activity has always seemed to complete life.
A shared love for Nature has led us together on the path of sustainable agriculture and living with deep respect for the natural ways. WildWood is a product of our shared interests and complimenting knowledges.
Ember’s lifelong fascination with Nature and how we interact with it has only grown with the more learned. Planning the farm and its goals has been a years’-long research project in organic, permaculture and whole-systems farming practices.
Interested in environmental conservation, education and engagement, Ember has training and experience leading individuals and groups on nature walks, canoe tours, and other experiential education in Nature. She enjoys finding ways to incorporate education while engaging in her rounds on the farm and lands.
Derrick’s broad depth of knowledge and skills have made our off-grid farm possible and progressively better every year- from pighuts with living roofs to solar power systems to our hand-milled, timber-framed farmstand. His studies on sustainable methods of forestry have been applied to the rehabilitation of our forest after decades of historic mismanagement.
Delving in the realms of forest stewardship has inspired Derrick to start an off-shoot business, Foothills Forest Restoration, specializing in sustainable, low-impact forest management services for long-term timber and environmental goals. He is now NY Logger Trained Certified and serves both public and private forest-owners. Firewood and timber can be harvested in the process of thinning premature forests, rehabilitating damaged forest ecosystems and nurturing prime timber trees with healthy regeneration for future harvests and enjoyment.