All in the Geyer Family

Agriberry Farm is owned and operated by the Geyer family in Hanover, Va. The farm specializes in growing blackberries, raspberries and other fruit in their Central Virginia fields. Founded in 2008 the farm is the vision-made-real of Anne and Chuck, supported by their friends, neighbors and community. The Geyer Family is committed to helping to increase the consumption of locally grown fruit and berries in Virginia and Maryland, and helping young area workers gain initial work experience and an understanding of agriculture.

Anne Frackelton Geyer

Anne Frackelton Geyer

Owner

Anne Frackelton Geyer is the spark that launched and continues to drive Agriberry Farm and the Geyer family. She wants the world to “Eat More Berries,” due to their high nutritional value, and she deeply believes that every young person should have the chance to work on a farm, at least once. Those two beliefs converged with the founding of Agriberry Farm in Hanover County, and they still guide the Geyer Family and the farm’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 Agriberry Farm in Hanover county featuring the area’s only fruit-oriented CSA to help connect local food fans with nutritious, healthy food.

Anne operates Agriberry Farm along with her husband Chuck Geyer and her son Pierson Geyer, with help from her daughter Colleen Geyer and her sisters Susan and Molly. Anne and her sisters grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York, and their summer adventures picking and eating wild black raspberries helped shape Anne’s desire to grow cane berries on Agriberry Farm.

Chuck Geyer

Chuck Geyer

Owner

“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 peach, cherry, plum and apple trees in the farm orchard. As the Geyer family patriarch and 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 represents the farm at the Charlottesville City Market every Saturday in season.

Chuck grew up on a dairy farm in Upstate New York.

Pierson Geyer

Pierson Geyer

Assistant General Manager

They say apples don’t fall far from their trees, and that is surely true of Pierson and the Geyer Family. Pierson is the Assistant General Manager of Agriberry Farm, and he has inherited Anne and Chuck’s brains, personality, relentless work ethic, and love of farming.

As AGM, he takes an active role in all aspects of the farm management, including the markets and CSA. In addition, he oversees the hiring, training and management of the farm’s seasonal and year round field workers. He is responsible for maintaining the farm’s GAP certification and compliance (Good Agriculture Practices, as established by the USDA.) On Sundays he and sister Colleen can be found at the fast-paced Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar.

Pierson’s exceptional talents are recognized on and off the farm, as is evidenced by his recent selection by the peer-nominated “40 Under 40” Class of 2018 list of national leaders in agriculture. This recognition is due in part to his role as the youngest-ever president of the North American Raspberry and Blackberry Association (NARBA.) Pierson also participates in many local and regional programs, including support for emerging farmers in conjunction with the College of Agriculture at Virginia State University.

Pierson has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University, and he uses his skills daily in the office and in the fields to help grow the Geyer Family farm.

Colleen Geyer

Colleen Geyer

Chef and Ace Marketeer

Colleen and her twin sister Mary Claire grew up helping at farm markets, so she was steeped in the joy of fresh food, extended family gatherings, and hard work.Colleen stays involved in all aspects of the farm and is deservedly famous for the recipes she develops for the farm and the baked goods she prepares in the certified kitchen. She can most often be found at the Saturday morning Forest Hill Farm Stand and the Sunday morning Baltimore Farmers Market & Bazaar alongside her brother Pierson.

With her passion for cooking obvious from an early age, Colleen earned a Bachelor’s degree in Cullinary Arts  from the internationally known Johnson and Wales University in Providence, R.I., and she pursued advanced internships in the U.S. and France in Pastry and Baking. She has launched her own business, River City Bakery, and is participating weekly at the Tuesday afternoon Birdhouse Market in downtown Richmond, and the new lunchtime OntheSquare Farmers Market in Richmond’s Capitol Square.

Colleen is an avid wellness fan, with a compelling “backstory” regarding weight loss through good nutrition and exercise. Colleen is also a certified “BodyPump” instructor, and she loves distance cycling and running, and playing with her dog Aurora.

Mary Claire Geyer

Mary Claire Geyer

Homesteader in the Pacific Northwest

Mary Claire Geyer farms in the Pacific Northwest. She breeds and shears her own flock of Icelandic Sheep, and works at other area farms. She is learning to train cutting horses, enjoys fiber arts, and is passionate about heritage food and low-impact living. She loves her current digs, but knows there’s a spot for her in Virginia when she’s ready.

Susan

Susan

Annapolis CSA Coordinator

Anne’s sister Susan coordinates the Annapolis area CSA for Agriberry Farm. As a personal trainer at the Annapolis Athletic Club, Susan knew her friends, clients and neighbors were more than ready for the health benefits of berries and fruit from Agriberry Farm.

Susan and her husband Robert visit the farm often and help with planting and other projects and special events.

Molly

Molly

Bookkeeper

Molly, Anne’s youngest sister, keeps the books for Agriberry Farm. Molly is known to be Berry Sweet by all who meet her.

Ellen and Will

Ellen and Will

Williamsburg CSA and Market

Ellen 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 family in Williamsburg, they represent Agriberry Farm at the Williamsburg Farmers Market every Saturday during the harvest season. When their schedules permit, the offer the Agriberry Farm CSA in the Williamsburg area.

Ellen teaches reading at a Williamsburg area elementary school, and Will works for the College of William and Mary, while they raise their two sons, Johnny and James.

Team Agriberry Working with the Geyer Family

In addition to the Geyer family, Agriberry Farm employs a number of dedicated CSA members and neighbors to help keep the fruit rolling each season. Here are some faces you may find familiar.

Charlie

Charlie

Warehouse Manager

Charlie is the Warehouse Manager for Agriberry Farm. He ensures that the fruit for markets and customers are ready each day and that all the vehicles are properly stocked. His good nature, enthusiasm for learning, and commitment to customer service make him a great fit with Agriberry Farm. He also helps out at the Market at St. Stephen’s. In his spare time, he’s a musician.

Ethan

Ethan

Harvest Team Member and Ace Pot Stirrer

Ethan is a key, multi-year Field Crew member and is game for special projects year-round.

Mariah

Mariah

Harvest Team and Market Site Leader

Mariah, a Hanover native, is a Maggie Walker Dragon by day, and hard working Harvest Team member and Market site leader in her “spare” time. We love her dynamic approach to life and fruit!

Robert Cunningham, Goldenrod Farm

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.

Rennie

Rennie

Farm Dog, Emeritus

Sweetest. Dog. Ever.

Bridget

Bridget

CSA Coordinator

Bridget is the CSA Coordinator and Market Lead for the Richmond area. She also helps in the farm office, in the kitchen and at many markets each week. Bridget began as a Harvest Team worker in 2014, and soon became a year-round contributor and Lead Picker, and Assistant Field Supervisor. She also helps coordinate Social Media for the farm.

Ed

Ed

Market and CSA Site Leader

Ed takes care of CSA and Market customers for the Geyer Family at the Atlee Farm Stand and the Huguenot-Robious Market. Quality is Job One for Ed, who is a Charter CSA member of the farm. A native of Waynesboro, Ed and his wife have lived in Hanover for more than 40 years. Among his many many interest are caning and woodworking, roots music and being the best grand-dad ever.

Amy

Amy

Project Manager

Amy helps out Geyer family with research, projects, markets and more. Her special talents include her Master Gardener status and culinary commitment to healthy eating. And, ask her about the role of essential oils in health and wellness.

Maria

Maria

Marketeer and Youth Worker

Maria, who grew up on a farm in Iowa, helps out at markets and also helps with special youth-oriented projects.

Julia

Julia

Kitchen Magician

Julia has worked with the Geyer family for more than 20 years, and she makes almost all the jam for the farm and makes many of the baked goods for the farm’s markets.  She also helps in the Warehouse, where she packs fruit and make CSA shares. Her strawberry shortcakes, evolved from a recipe from Chuck’s mother, are the stuff of legend.

Rose

Rose

Northern Neck CSA Coordinator and Spotsylvania Marker Leader

Rose has worked with the Geyer Family for more than 20 years, including previous roles as Warehouse Manager and other mainstay positions. She is Berry Loved by all at the farm!

Shannon

Shannon

Harvest Team Alumna and Market and CSA Site Leader

Shannon is a Hanover native and a farm neighbor who has been working for Agriberry Farm since she turned 15 as a Harvest Team member and now helping at markets and CSA sites through the year.

Montana

Montana

Harvest Team Alumna and Market and CSA Site Leader

Montana, a farm neighbor and the daughter of a CSA-member family, has been working for Agriberry Farm since she turned 14. Her sweet smile and hard work make her a favorite of staff and customers alike. Montana attends Appalachian State University and is pursuing a degree in nutrition and community food systems….Way to GROW, Montana!!

Adriane

Adriane

Market and CSA Site Leader

Adriane helps with deliveries, markets and CSA sites year-round, holding court weekly at the Birdhouse Farmers Market on Tuesday afternoons, and Lakeside Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings. He is the friendliest guy we know, and always has a compliment or a smile for his customers and co-workers.

Billy

Billy

Market and Farm Hand

Another member of the “Studley Neighbor Gang,” Billy has helped with many aspects of the farm.  He has done deliveries, helped at markets and he’s also one of the only people Chuck trusts on his mower to keep the grounds at the Woodberry Farm looking spiffy. Billy’s warm heart and careful efforts make him a valued team member and neighbor.

Ruth

Ruth

Harvest Team Alumna and Market and CSA Site Leader

Ruth began helping at farmers markets and as member of the Harvest Team. She also helps out in the farm office and is a farm neighbor.

Marjorie

Marjorie

Marketing

Marjorie helps with the website and fills in at markets. She began her connection with the farm as a CSA member and neighbor, and has helped the Geyer family in many roles, including jam making, warehouse work, at markets, as CSA coordinator, and with the farm’s website.