MEET THE FARMERS
Established in 1999 by husband and wife team, Bruce Hennessy and Beth Whiting, Maple Wind Farm reflects a deeply held belief in ecological farming. Both hold master’s degrees in education—backgrounds that serve their interest in educating the public about the benefits of pasture-based farming for both the farmer and the consumer.They established their love of the land while living in Jackson Hole, Wyoming exploring the mountains. Moving East for graduate school and to be closer to family and the summer camp they both worked at, they fell in love with Vermont. The mountains, the people, the land and the food! Their love of teaching and traveling led them to establish On the Loose Expeditions, taking clients on trips around the world for several years, before finding their home and lifestyle as farmers in the hills of Huntington, Vermont. Maple Wind Farm brings everything they love all together: living in a beautiful place, providing great food, and teaching customers about choices that are best for the land, animals and our own health.
Bruce spent eleven years in the classroom teaching science and mathematics to grades kindergarten through 12. He received his M.Ed. from Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. From 1999—to 2005 he directed North Country Camps, a summer residential camp focused on wilderness trips with farming offered as part of an extensive in-camp program. He has served on several boards: VT Grass Farmers Association, Aikido of Champain Valley, Rural Vermont, and at present, NCC Chief’s Campership Fund.
Beth is an artist, master gardener, and organizer, who also spent many years directing wilderness trips through both Wilderness Ventures and North Country Camps. Beth received her M.Ed from Lesley College in Boston in Creative Arts after a B.S. in Business Administration at the University of Southern California. She is no stranger to running her own business; her experience as an entrepeneur began at age 12, with successful business forays into community mapping, hand-painted clothing and adventure travel. She currently is the sales manager, bookkeeper, and marketer for the farm.
Beth and Bruce enjoy the farming lifestyle and can’t think of any better way than sharing it with their son David and his younger sister Bryn. When they are not farming, they are skiing with our family, taking hikes, biking and watching soccer games.