Mary Murphy (just “Murphy” to her friends) grew up in the forests of Maine and has felt the call of the mountains in her soul since she was young. She has been leading wilderness trips professionally since 2005, mostly in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and New York. In 2009 she solo-hiked the entire Appalachian Trail (you can read her Trail Journal here). She is passionate about helping others reconnect to the spirit of the land by becoming competent and comfortable in the wilderness. Some of her favorite skills to share are safe and responsible backcountry camping, canoeing, archery, wilderness survival (shelter, fire, navigation), woodland crafts, first aid, and ethical hunting. She sees wilderness expeditions as a path to personal empowerment and spiritual connection with the land and our deepest selves.
Murphy is also a medieval scholar: she earned high honors from Mount Holyoke College for her thesis on cultural understandings of love in 14th-century England, and is currently pursuing research on Old Norse literature and its mythological archetypes of female empowerment and shamanic culture of magic & prophesy. In the summer of 2014 she shared her mythological expertise in Mountainsong’s Nordic Woman trip to Sweden.
Murphy lives at Good Heart Farmstead in Worcester, VT, in a Tiny House she designed and built with her own hands. Murphy is the founder and “alpha wolf” of Mountainsong Expeditions which offers workshops in skills for living close to the land and guided wilderness trips in northern New England.
When I’m not in the mountains, I work for Farmers To You two days a week, packing orders and delivering them to Lexington, Arlington, and Porter Square. I love bringing a little bit of Vermont magic to the city every week, like a modern day Robin Hood smuggling the vibrancy and connection of good food to the people who want it!
Tom MacKenzie has been a musician for most of his life, starting with the obligatory piano lessons then on to marching band in high school and finally into the world of traditional music on the Banjo, Hammered Dulcimer, Guitar, Keyboard and recently the Ukulele.
Everything from French Canadian to American Old Time to Scandinavian to Ragtime to Classical is fair game for Tom. Clarinet Polka on the Dulcimer, why not? Hall of the Mountain King on Banjo, Sure! A common fixture at hundreds of New England Contra Dances over the years, Tom has recently been composing songs and tunes at a blistering rate.
Tom was a member of the Woods Tea Company for many years, but now keeps busy working with a number of other musicians and will probably appear in a town near you. In addition, if you live in Central Vermont and are looking for lessons on Banjo, Ukulele, or Hammered Dulcimer, Tom is your man.
Tom lives in the town of Calais, VT with wife Jo, a retired teacher, who is now a watercolor artist jomackenzie.com. He’s a full time musician (tmackenzie.com) and partners with the one and only Patti Casey in their duo Shady Rill. This Shady Rill Video, from a performance at a local community club, will certainly warm your heart!
Tom also leads snowshoe tours for Peace Pups dogsledding.
Tom does everything that needs to be done on Tuesday and Wednesday at our Farmers To You Hub, from receiving, invoicing, to verifying, packing, stocking items … he’s an invaluable member of the team, and keeps us humming.
I love the entire concept of Farmers to You, especially being of the age where TV dinners and frozen meals were the “latest and greatest” things to come along. I may have grown up liking spinach if I had had the opportunity of getting the real deal.