BETSEY RYDER, OWNER + OPERATIONS
When Betsey Ryder arrived
to live on the farm, upon graduation from college, it had fallen fallow. Her plan was to join her elder cousin in his
dream to re-establish the property as a fully operational organic farm. Though Ryder Farm practiced organic
methods in the growing of vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit in 1978—a pioneering prospect at the time, it was
through the USDA’s National Organic Program that it became certified organic in 2003.
JOHN RYDER, FACILITIES MANAGER
In 1989, John Ryder arrived with training as
a dairy farmer near his hometown of Antwerp, NY. He is jack-of-all-trades who constructs buildings, fixes tractors—you
name it—on the farm. An indispensable and valuable member of the farm’s corps operations team, Ryder
couldn’t do it without John.
FUAD AZIZ, FIELD MANAGER
Fuad Aziz, the Field Manager at Ryder Farm,
arrived in 1992. He has his bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from Bangladesh and completed an apprenticeship in
Ecological Horticulture at UC Santa Cruz—the only such program in the US at the time, which is now known as
the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.