All in the Family
Anne Frackelton Geyer
Anne is the spark that energizes Agriberry Farm. She firmly believes that the world needs more berries due to their high nutritional value, and that every young person should have the chance to work on a farm, at least once. Those two visionary goals converged with the founding of Agriberry Farm in Hanover County, and still guide it’s mission today.
While picking berries requires dexterity and skill, it is a job that can be performed by teenaged workers, giving them some early employment skills and a glimpse into the possibilities of agriculture as a career in the farm’s Young Worker Program. She closed the loop by launching the area’s only fruit-oriented CSA to help provide interested local food fans with a way to connect directly with this family owned and operated farm.
“Farmer Chuck” knows fruit growing with a depth and intensity few can match. He hand-prunes and hand-harvests the fruit from each of the more than 400 peach, cherry, plum and apple trees in the farm orchard, and as the farm’s IPM (Integrated Pest Management) lead he works closely with the harvest and plant care team to ensure that the fruit, workers and consumers stay healthy and safe. A natural engineer, he keeps all the farm equipment and infrastructure running, and he attends the Charlottesville Farmers Market every Saturday in season.
Field Operations Supervisor
They say apples don’t fall far from their trees, and that is surely true of Pierson Geyer, who has inherited brains, personality, a killer work ethic, and a love of farming. In addition to overseeing the hiring, training and management of the farm’s seasonal and year round field crew, Pierson ensures the farm’s GAP certification and compliance (Good Agriculture Practices, as established by the USDA) and he manages the fast-paced Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar in conjunction with his sister Colleen. Pierson has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education, and is a avid Quidditch player and fan.
Chef and Ace Marketeer
Colleen and her twin sister Mary Claire grew up helping at markets and steeped in the joy of fresh food, extended family gatherings, great food and hard work. With a passion for cooking from an early age, Colleen worked her way through culinary training at Johnson & Wales, always keeping involved in all the activities at the farm and in the farm kitchen. She can most often be found at the South of the James market, her year-round “home” market, and she is famous for the baked goods she makes in the farm kitchen. Colleen also works for Richmond’s famed Sub Rosa Bakery several days a week, creating their “architectural” (layered) doughs and pastries. An avid fitness fan, Colleen teaches several exercise classes each week, and she loves distance cycling and running.
Molly Frackelton Schutrumpf
Anne’s sister Molly keeps the books for Agriberry Farm, and most of the other “money stuff.” Youngest of the Frackelton sisters, she is unofficially voted “All Around Sweetest” by anyone that meets her.
Mary Claire Geyer
Homesteader in the Pacific Northwest
Mary Claire is currently living and working an off-the-grid homestead in the Pacific Northwest raising Icelandic Sheep, dairy goats, chickens and other homestead essentials. She loves her current digs, but know there’s a spot for her at the farm if she wants.
Susan Frackelton Noyce
Annapolis CSA Coordinator
Susan and Anne used to pick black raspberries together when they were growing up during the summers, and those memories helped spark Anne’s desire to grow cane berries. Susan, a personal trainer at the Annapolis Athletic Club knew her friends, clients and neighbors were more than ready for great, healthy fruit in their lives. She and her husband Robert visit the farm often to help with planting and other projects and special events.
Ellen & Will
Williamsburg CSA Coordinators
Ellen Frackelton is Anne’s niece, and she has been helping at the farm since she was in middle school. Now that she and her husband Will are raising their young family in the Williamsburg area, Ellen is eager to stay connected with the farm and share the fruit joy with her Williamsburg neighbors. She and Will also participate in the Williamsburg Farmers Market every Saturday morning in the Historic area.
Julia has worked with the Geyers for more than 20 years, and she makes almost all the jam for the farm. She also is quick to help out in a pinch with any warehouse and share-making projects. Her strawberry shortcakes are the stuff of legend.
Harvest Team Member and Ace Pot Stirrer
Ethan is a key, multi-year Field Crew member and is game for special projects year-round.
Harvest Team Leader
Matt’s a super hard worker and role model for everyone in the field, no matter what the conditions.
Computer braniac, warehouse helper, giftbox decorator, and social media are just some of the talents that make Rebecca a wonderful team addition. You can catch her in the farm office 9-1 nearly every weekday.
Market and CSA Site Leader
Often flanked by his longtime friends or delightful grandchildren, Ed’s CSA members and customers know that Quality is Job One for him. His other special power is proof-reading, but that’s a secret!
One of the newest Team players at the farm, Dana also helps with Fall Line/Local Roots delivers and does everything with style and a smile.
Whether he’s on the road in the Yellow Van, or on Chuck’s favorite mower, Billy keeps a careful eye, and a smile, ready at all times.
Harvest Team Member and Market and CSA Site Leader
Another multi-tasker, Adriane starts early with the field crew, then loops back to take care of deliveries, markets and CSA sites year-round. He is the friendliest guy we know, and always has a compliment or a smile to offer.
Farm Dog, Emeritus
Sweetest. Dog. Ever.
Harvest Team Leader and Major Multi-Tasker
Bridget is a top picker and natural leader, and she participates in many aspects of the farm. In addition to her field work, she has grown test batches of new plantings, she makes Blackberry Blush Applesauce in the kitchen, and often works special events and markets.
Harvest Team Leader
A key Field Team member and multi-season veteran, Jason also can be found at markets and studying for his degree in agriculture. He is one of the fastest pickers we’ve ever had at the farm.
Marketeer and Youth Worker
Maria is most often found at the Brandermill and Forest Hill Markets, and also helps with special-youth oriented projects.
CSA member Amy helps out at the farm with research, project management and all around common sense (welcome indeed!) and her special talents include Master Gardener status, ace photography, and culinary adventures!
Robert Cunningham, Goldenrod Farm
Agriberry Farm Bee Keeper
Where would we BEE without our bees? Robert often joins us for farm events, and makes his honey available for sale depending on hive and harvest conditions.
"Barry from Agriberry"
Market and CSA Site Leader, Event Manager
Barry’s Lakeside and Manakin market customers and CSA members know brings a great attitude and quick humor wherever he goes. Committed to learning everyone’s name, he never met a stranger. His Super Power, however, is his green thumb: a Master Gardener, he raises hundreds of types and varieties of fruits, flowers, shrubs and trees at his Short Pump home. He also is our Partner Farmer for the delicious Fuyu Persimmons we bring to market each fall. Wow!
Northern Neck CSA Coordinator and Spotsylvania Marker Leader
Rose has worked with the Geyers for more than 20 years, including previous roles as Warehouse Manager and other mainstay positions. She is Berry LOVED!
Farm Employee No. 1
Often spotted at the SOJ market, Luke says he’s done every single job on the farm except the kitchen (unless eating counts) and he’s probably right. Luke is finishing his degree in agriculture from Virginia Tech. and we hope there are berries in his path in the future.
RVA CSA Coordinator
Another multi-tasker, Marjorie also helps with the website and elsewhere, including the kitchen, at markets and special events.