All in the Family
Agriberry Farm is the vision of the Geyer family, with the support of their family, friends and community. Read on to learn more about this extended farm 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.
Assistant General Manager
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. As the farm’s AGM, he takes an active role in all aspects of the farm, and continues to directly oversee the hiring, training and management of the farm’s seasonal and year round field crew. Pierson also works to maintain 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 has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education, and and uses his skills daily in the office and in the fields.
Chef and Ace Marketeer
Colleen and her twin sister Mary Claire grew up helping at farm markets and steeped in the joy of fresh food, extended family gatherings, and hard work. With a passion for cooking from an early age, Colleen worked her way through culinary training at Johnson & Wales and has recently launched her own “River City Bakery,” participating weekly at the Tuesday afternoon Birdhouse Market. Despite her other endeavors, Colleen stays involved in all aspects of the farm and is deservedly famous for the baked goods she makes in the certified kitchen. She can most often be found at the Saturday morning Forest Hill Farm Stand–her new year-round “home” market, and the Sunday morning Baltimore Farmers Market & Bazaar. An avid fitness fan, Colleen is also a certified “BodyPump” instructor, and she loves distance cycling and running or playing with her dog Aurora.
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 family in Williamsburg, she and Will represent Agriberry Farm at the Williamsburg Farmers Market every Saturday morning during the harvest season in the Historic area. Ellen teaches in Williamsburg, and is working to complete her Master’s degree.
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.
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.
Another member of the “Studley Neighbor Gang,” Billy has helped with many aspects of the farm. He has done deliveries, helped at markets and most recently, he’s the only person 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 farm team member and neighbor.
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! Ed is also the founding member of the Studley Workhorse Gang, and has helped power the farm from the very beginning.
Harvest Team Member and Market and CSA Site Leader
Another all star multi-tasker, Adriane starts early with the field crew, then loops back to take care of deliveries, markets and CSA sites year-round, holding court weekly at the Birdhouse Farmers Market on Tuesday afternoons, the new Midlothian Farm Stand on Wednesday afternoons, and the Whole Foods Farm Stand on Thursday afternoons, and at Lakeside Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings. He is the friendliest guy we know, and always has a compliment or a smile to offer all his customers and co-workers.
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.
RVA CSA Coordinator
Another multi-tasker, Marjorie also helps with the website and elsewhere, including the kitchen, at markets and special events.
Harvest Team Leader and Major Multi-Tasker
Bridget is a Lead Picker in the Harvest Team, and can often be found mentoring her crew of new recruits. A natural leader, she participates in many aspects of the farm, including work in the kitchen, with marketing and at many markets and special events.
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!
Harvest Team Alumna and Market and CSA Site Leader
Montana, who has been working for Agriberry Farm since she turned 14, is the site leader for our new Mechanicsville Farm Stand and CSA site on Wednesday afternoons and the West End Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. The daughter of a long-time CSA-member family, Montana worked with our harvest team for 5 seasons and began helping out at markets soon after. Her sweet smile and commitment to doing the job make her a favorite of staff and customers. Montana attends Appalachian State University and is pursuing a degree in nutrition and community food systems….Way to GROW, Montana!!
"Barry from Agriberry"
Market and CSA Site Leader, Event Manager
Barry’s Tuesday Lakeside and Saturday morning Manakin customers and CSA members already know what a remarkable fellow he is. Now, with the addition of the new Short Pump Farm Stand on Thursday mornings right in his own home turf, Barry is winning over a whole new crowd with his great attitude and quick humor. Committed to learning the name of every he meets, he never met a stranger. His Super Power, however, is his green thumb! An accomplished Master Gardener, Barry 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-type persimmons that we bring to market each fall. Wow!
The newest member of Team Agriberry, Charlie is our Warehouse Manager, jumping into the thick of our heaviest strawberry season and earliest CSA season start in farm history. His enthusiasm for learning and commitment to customer service make him a great fit with Agriberry Farm. In his spare time, we hear he’s an accomplished musician.
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 Dog, Emeritus
Sweetest. Dog. Ever.