Our Guides

David’s love of outdoor work came from a childhood of visiting national parks and playing outside his home in Ashland, Massachusetts. … His experiences in the field watching changes to populations of rare species led him into conservation work and activism. …

In addition to her historic restoration work with The Phoenix Project of Eastern NY, Debby also makes delicious jams, which she sells at the local farmers’ market. An avid gardener, Debby loves to make jam to preserve and save what she grows for later.

Devin has loved exploring in and learning about nature since early childhood. He began studying wilderness skills, naturalist skills, tracking, and awareness skills..

Eric owns and operates Wild Goose Chase NE, a company that uses Border Collies to humanely and effectively remove geese from properties where they are unwanted. In his free time, Eric and his son Caleb participate in Border Collie and Sheepdog trials. “There is a natural rhythm between humans and dogs,” as people have been living and socializing with dogs for thousands of years.

“I have always had a passion for people and crafts. I’m drawn to culture and learning about why people make certain objects. It is this passion that motivated me to open my own shop…”

Fiona loves her active life in a small town. “To be able to get off a conference call and hop out and water the plants and wave hello to the neighbor who’s crossing the yard, and have children milling around making a scene—I have a life that’s much more fully integrated than it ever could have been before.”

Heather designs and creates custom jewelry, operates her own store & does repair work for other jewelry stores. She appreciates the hands-on nature of her work. “My work teaches me,” she says, “I learn something new every day.” In addition to her work as a jeweler, Heather is also an avid horsewoman.

In January 1989, Jerry Grant responded to an ad in the local paper and began an interesting new adventure. “Print shop for sale.” “I really love the idea of pushing ink into paper and the meditative rhythm of operating the press,” Sharon explained. “There is a distinct texture and presence in letterpress that you cannot achieve with an inkjet or laser printer … I’m thrilled to learn and share this very basic traditional skill.”

Joe and his wife, Fiona Lally, bought a historic mill in New Lebanon in 2001. Joe, now the president of the Corkscrew Rail Trail Association, enjoys sharing the story of New Lebanon and the Corkscrew Rail Trail with other curious people. “Any time you can add information to an object or a place, it increases its value,” he said.

Monte Wasch’s lifelong love of playing music began at the age of four and a half when he first sat down at a piano and pieced out the melody of the song Frere Jacques. “Playing music,” he says, “is the most creative thing I know how to do. There is something extremely personal about it to me.” Monte describes himself as a disciplined, organized person, but “when I’m playing jazz, my mind is in an entirely different place and I love that place.”

“I have a knack for knowing how things work, and understanding processes …I think that helps me in the work I’ve done over the years.” The New Lebanon Baloney company is a project Phoebe took on after retirement. Her famous “New Lebanon Baloney” has a distinctive tangy, smoky flavor that has made it a favorite at the New Lebanon farmers’ market

I am an enthusiastic, self-taught gardener with a passion for cooking. Before our semi-retirement, my husband Michael and I have been theatrical designers, mostly in opera but also in theater and television, for forty years in New York City. In the ear …

“My husband Michael and I have been theatrical designers, mostly in opera but also in theater and television, for forty years in New York City. While mostly retired, Michael and I are still lured away to work on occasional projects such as an upcoming opera with Ozawa in Japan.

Originally from New York City, Thom Pecoraro has always had his foot in nature. He started his professional career in accounting, but escaped via a talent for landscape design. He has been farming since 2010 and created Wyomanock Center as a space for others to develop an appreciation for nature and sustainable living.