Brittany Sidway Overshiner
Brittany started on the farming path when she realized in college that being an organic farmer was an actual opportunity. It combines her passions for environmental and social justice, community and individual well-being, working hard, working creatively, and being healthy.
By farming in a way that is respectful of natural resources, employees, and community she is able to create an alternative to the products of the corporate food system which exploits resources and labor to produce profit margins for a very few. She believes food can be affordable and accessible without compromising its nutritional value or the ability of future generations to produce their own food. She believes we can feed ourselves well and still pay farm laborers a fair wage and keep poisons out of our water, air and bodies.
Since 2007 Brittany has worked on farms in Up-State New York, British Columbia and the Boston Metro-West area. She has now managed the start-up of two diversified produce farms, including Upswing Farm which was started in 2016 and has moved twice due to land access challenges.
In her “free time” she has served on the Board of Directors of Littleton Community Farm and worked part time for NOFA/Massachusetts as the Beginning Farmer Program Coordinator. She likes to relax with hiking, swimming, yoga, and chopping and cooking the vegetables she grows.
Brittany has completed the Beginning Women Farmers Holistic Management Training Course, funded by the USDA, and has a degree in Environmental Studies from Northeastern University. She also has a background in outdoor education, having worked for the YMCA of Great Buffalo for 5 summers as a counselor, swim and boating instructor, and ultimately as the Assistant Program Director.
Kevin met Brittany in 2010 when she was working a full time job on a farm in Sherborn, and starting Medway Community Farm on evenings and weekends. The only way to spend time with her was to show up and help. And that is what he did, and what he has been doing ever since.
From 2011-2013 he worked part time at a friend’s farm in Dover, who was able to provide farmer-training, and eventually, as Kevin’s skills developed and Brittany grew the Medway Community Farm business, there became room for him as a full-time farmer.
Kevin has a degree in Audio Engineering and Sound Design from Emerson College (which really comes in handy on the farm . . . ) and a fabulous sense of humor. He will be, as he has been for the last 5 years, an invaluable partner to Brittany.