The Wild Harmony Farm Managers
Rachael Slattery - Co-Owner -
We know what it's like to care about what you eat and to feel lost as to where to find it or whom to trust. We started out just the same way. When you start learning more about the food system, there's no turning back.
Growing up in Jamestown, Rhode Island, led Rachael to become both a sailor and a farmer. She spent 15 years traveling the world’s oceans working on a diverse group of vessels where she has earned her title as Captain. In her off time, she traveled more terrestrially and found herself drawn time and time again to the idea of sustainable farming.
Rachael volunteered on farms in New Zealand, Malaysia, and then back in Rhode Island.
Rachael works to manage Wild Harmony Farm with her husband Ben. She focuses a large amount of time on the vegetable garden, honey bees, and marketing, but can be found driving the tractor, setting up a fence, moving the pigs, or doing chores.
Although these days she is most often found hanging out with a little guy named Milo. (Ben and Rachael's infant son!)
Ben Coerper - Co-owner
Food allergies are a big part of our family's life. Once you start paying close attention to how the food you eat makes you feel, there's a lot to learn. Tinnitus, upset stomachs and endless doctor's appointments were something Ben dealt with a lot. He understands how frustrating it is to just try and feel good.
Ben first became aware of the food choices in his life when he mysteriously became very sick a few years after college. Over the course of a year, Ben was diagnosed with an array of conditions and illnesses and prescribed a host of harsh medications. Discontent with these answers, Ben visited a naturopath and was shortly diagnosed with food allergies. Rather than continue with his current diet and be forced to take medication, Ben changed his lifestyle, which wasn't easy. Once he began scouring ingredient labels, he realized how highly processed most grocery store food is. In order to eat REAL food, Ben decided to learn how to grow his own. While working on farms all over the world, Ben continued to learn and began to educate others about the harsh and often disturbing realities of our mainstream food system.
Ally Dell - Assistant Farm Manager -
Ally entering her 10th season as a farmer! Before Wild Harmony, she worked in vineyards for 5 years in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Using roundup and other chemicals at work took a toll on her body, and she observed the confinement and poor living conditions that chickens were raised in at nearby farms, which took a toll on the animals. She could not find meat that she felt good about eating and became curious about how to combat these issues via regenerative organic livestock farming. She found Wild Harmony, started working as an apprentice, and it was a perfect fit. After her apprenticeship, Ally was promoted to Assistant Manager. Ally enjoys naming the sows, dreaming up and implementing pig “pinwheels” for rotational grazing, learning about land stewardship and regenerative farming, and contributing to Wild Harmony “farmily” potlucks. She finds this work rewarding because it is full of opportunities to problem solve and experiment with new ideas, and she gets to spend every day outside. Her favorite foods are pickles, hoagies, and Wild Harmony cheeseburgers of course! She lives with her partner Anna and their pets Mo and Hank.
Casey Duckett, Store Manager
Casey moved to Rhode Island when he was 8 years old and has a deep love for the Biggest Little, and our state's unique history. He describes himself as a job collector and a tinkerer.
He comes to Wild Harmony from Mystic Seaport Museum due to a mixture of the fallout of Covid-19 and a passion for sustainable, ethical agriculture. His passions are sailing, experimental archeology, living history education, cooking, and baking, and talking. Casey lives down the road from the farm with his wife and son.
Casey is the person who packs your WhatsGood orders!