Our team at Main Street Farms is not only committed to providing our community with high quality, organic, and sustainably raised vegetables, but we also strive to create fair wage jobs and do work in our community to educate about healthy eating. All team members on our farm love growing, cooking, and sharing food and we even eat lunch together everyday on the farm!
Meet Our Team
Owner, Farm Manager
Allan began his career teaching high school social studies, and quickly realized a major obstacle for his students was a lack of fresh and nutritious food. Allan wanted to start a farm to be able to educate kids about where their food comes from and to be able to grow food for the school cafeteria. He started with Main Street farms in 2011 with his friend and business partner Bobcat, partner Adrianne, and generous assistance from friends, family and volunteers. Each year the farm has increased in size and continues to produce more organic food for the Central New York community. Today, Main Street Farms grows over 50 types of vegetables just outside of the City of Cortland. Allan is passionate about organic agriculture, providing healthy food for his CSA members and customers, and creating sustainable jobs for people in the community.
Owner, Farm Manager, Farm Chef, Educator
Bob Cat learned about the value of good food and hard work while growing up on Long Island in an Italian family and helping his dad in the garden. Bob Cat studied Communication and Media at SUNY New Paltz, where he met his long-time friend and future partner, Allan. While traveling around the world, Bobcat discovered Wwoofing (World-wide opportunities on organic farms) where he fell in love with farming. Soon after, when his good friend Allan called to tell him he was planning on starting a farm and needed some help, and Bobcat knew this is where he wanted to be. He has held many positions on the farm, including Farm Manager, Farm Chef, and Educator. When Bobcat isn’t working, he can be found playing music with his band, The Local Farmers Union, cooking and eating delicious food, and hiking, traveling, or enjoying an IPA with his wife Kat.
Manager and Caregiver
Adrianne Traub, a Cortland native, started Main Street Farms with Allan and Bob Cat in 2011. On the farm, she fills many roles including manager of the organic certification process and farm caregiver. Adrianne is also the head huntress and agro-ecosystem manager. Aside from farming she is pursuing a master’s degree in food studies from Syracuse University while working as a graduate research assistant and teaching at the university level. In her spare time she enjoys practicing herbalism, tanning leather, backpacking on the Finger Lakes Trail, and contemplating Marxist agrarian theory!
Karli is originally from Niskayuna, NY and started managing the CSA program in 2017 after she met Allan and Bob Cat 8 years ago in a sustainable farming course. Karli has a huge fluffy dog named Zeek and spends most of her free time working on converting a school bus into an RV with her boyfriend Craig. Follow her on instagram @ Karlimh
Jessica is originally from Syracuse, NY and started working as the assistant CSA manager in June 2018. She recently graduated with a master’s degree in Environmental Science from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where she studied root response to water and nitrogen additions across three dryland ecosystems in Wyoming. Jessica has been a vegetarian for over 10 years and loves working in the dirt– no wonder she found herself working on an organic vegetable farm! Follow her on instagram @jessicaswindon
Keegan, a native of Cortland, NY, started working at the farm in 2017 as part of the farm crew and since then has been promoted to harvest manager. As harvest manager Keegan is responsible for all aspects of daily field operations including what to plant and when to harvest. Keegan has a one year old daughter named Lucille who loves spending time on the farm. Follow him on instagram @ inhumanexistence.
Nate Funke hails from the mucklands of Montezuma, NY. He moved to Cortland in 2017 to start working as a part of the field crew. This year he was promoted to field manager and is responsible for managing pests and diseases. On the farm he spends most of his time driving a tractor and identifying and fighting pests and weeds. Nate and his partner Sam just had a baby girl named Josephine!
Mike is originally from Auburn, NY where he found his interest in teaching. He worked as an elementary school art teacher before joining the Main Street Farms crew. Mike oversees daily operations on the farm and his favorite activity is weed wacking. In his free time he does wood working and travels to Columbia where his Wife Joni is from.
Marston was born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania and started working on again off again at a variety of different farms starting in 2005. After graduating from college, he spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama working with coffee, corn, and rice farmers in Panama. Since being back from the tropics he has really enjoyed watching the change of the seasons hit the farm and surrounding hills. He is really looking forward to his first autumn in 4 years so that he can make up for missed time by jumping into the largest pile of leaves this side of the Mississippi.
Louisa or “lou” was raised in the swamps of Spencer, NY. She joined the farm crew this year and her favorite tasks include cultivating medicinal plants, pruning tomatoes, and entertaining the crew with vegetable puns. Lou also works in mental health focusing on LGBTQIAA youth communities. Follow her on instagram @Lou-eye-za.
Gilbert is a returning farm crew member. He was voted “Best Chef” in his house.