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Cultivating a regenerative farm takes time and a dedicated team. We look forward to a future filled with students, scientists, farmers, and partners interacting closely with the land and watershed through the lens of permaculture design.

Stewards of the farm

The staff of Ocean Hour Farm has stewarded the land for decades. They observe the natural systems, breathe in the salty air, and tend to the bees, sheep, and chickens with care.

Our Team

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Beth Alaimo

Education Program Manager

From a young age, Beth was fascinated by different cultures and their relationship with the natural…

From a young age, Beth was fascinated by different cultures and their relationship with the natural world. These passions resulted in a unique career path, starting with earning a degree in Anthropology and Ecology from the University of Connecticut. Upon graduation, Beth joined AmeriCorps and served as an Environmental Educator. After a few years of working in education, she was ready to expand her worldview. She moved to Portland, Oregon, to pursue a Master’s Degree in International Development. During this time, she lived abroad in Ecuador, and Italy, and traveled to seven countries. For her thesis, Beth focused on her passion for farming, drawing on experiences working at various organic vegetable farms.

Following graduation, Beth moved to Cusco, Peru, and worked as a Field Manager for international volunteers. Time abroad helped Beth reflect on her own culture and motivated her to apply a racial justice lens to her work in youth-focused nonprofits over the following years. 

Today, Beth has landed her dream job at Ocean Hour Farm! She is excited to learn and share as much as possible about whole systems farming with communities across the Ocean State.

Paul Bestoso

Paul Bestoso

Facilities Manager

Paul has been the Facilities Manager for the past 17 years, amassing a great deal of knowledge on the…

Paul has been the Facilities Manager for the past 17 years, amassing a great deal of knowledge on the workings of the property. Prior to working at the farm, Paul worked at a high-end, large-scale custom fabrication shop that built in all mediums. He learned from a colorful but talented crew that there’s no one way to build. He also worked as an advertising art director, estimator, carpenter, boat builder, pilot boat operator, and in other marine-related fields.

Paul grew up locally and began sailing Narragansett Bay at an early age with his many brothers and sisters. He has a passion for building, whether a home addition or yet another boat restoration project. He blames his father for both the sailing and building bug and thanks his wife for allowing it to continue.

Melissa Conlon, Ocean Hour Farm, Newport, Rhode Island Melissa Conlon, Ocean Hour Farm, Newport, Rhode Island

Melissa Conlon

Assistant Facilities Manager

Melissa grew up near a 60-acre bird sanctuary at the end of a winding farm road in Warren, Rhode Island.…

Melissa grew up near a 60-acre bird sanctuary at the end of a winding farm road in Warren, Rhode Island. She spent most of her time as a child running around the marshlands of the Touisset. Her first job was mucking stalls and tacking up horses in exchange for horseback riding lessons. Melissa has always been fond of the outdoors and working with her hands. She discovered her love of sailing traditional schooners when she was twenty-two years old and has since traveled up and down the east coast on vessels such as Privateer Lynx and Schooner Tree of Life. Sailing eventually ignited her interest in wooden boat building, leading her to IYRS School of Technology and Trades for certification in Wooden Boatbuilding and Restoration. Throughout her travels, she has also acquired her Associate’s degree in Fine Arts from Community College of Rhode Island. Melissa enjoys various art mediums and is always looking for new ways of creative expression. When she’s not creating or building, she enjoys hiking or cozying up with a good book.

Brad Cheever Brad Cheever

Brad Cheever

Horticulturist and Turf Specialist

Brad was born and raised in Rhode Island, the Ocean State. He grew up on the water, where his dad taught…

Brad was born and raised in Rhode Island, the Ocean State. He grew up on the water, where his dad taught him to surf and fish at a young age. His first ever job was collecting bushels of quahogs and selling them to the local fish markets. Brad attended the University of Rhode Island, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture and, even more importantly, met his future wife, Jenlyn.

After college, he spent a few years prepping for a US Open at Pebble Beach in California. Today he enjoys doing small projects at his home in North Kingstown along the Annaquatucket River. If not at home, you can find him living the dream, working at a small farm in Newport whose primary focus is taking care of the environment for future generations.

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Jane Full

Housekeeper

Jane was born and raised in Newport, Rhode Island, by her wonderful parents. Her dad was a Newport police officer and detective. He also…

Jane was born and raised in Newport, Rhode Island, by her wonderful parents. Her dad was a Newport police officer and detective. He also worked as head of security on the property where Ocean Hour Farm now sits, giving Jane the chance to explore the land in her younger years.

Jane raised five children in Newport and was deeply involved in school activities. While raising her children, she also worked part-time at Newport County Schools, McGrath’s Clambakes, and the SVF Foundation. When Jane isn’t taking care of everyone at the farm, she enjoys spending time with her eleven grandchildren.

Sean Loftus

Sean Loftus

Landscape Manager

Sean moved to Newport in 2019 to join the SVF Foundation grounds team. Prior to that, he lived in New York City and the Lower Hudson…

Sean moved to Newport in 2019 to join the SVF Foundation grounds team. Prior to that, he lived in New York City and the Lower Hudson Valley, where he owned a 124-acre farm. Livestock included Polled Hereford (with Cornell Cooperative Extension), Holstein cows, and retired racetrack horses. The farm had a large organic vegetable garden, and approximately 50 acres were hayed every August. Sean’s farming practices are greatly influenced by Rachel Carson, Eliott Coleman, and Joel Salatin. He has also worked as a carpenter and a sawmill operator and has extensive experience with apple orchards. Sean is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and has been a commodities trader for over 30 years. He is very excited to continue working the land at Ocean Hour Farm to combat climate change.

Joey Moniz

Livestock Foreman

Joey’s love for farms and the animals that live on them was born from growing up on a farm in Warren, Rhode Island. After…

Joey’s love for farms and the animals that live on them was born from growing up on a farm in Warren, Rhode Island. After graduating from Warren High School, Joey got his CDL license, became an EMT, and studied animal sciences.
Joey has worked the land at Ocean Hour Farm for seventeen years. He knows each animal’s name and needs and is one of the few people the sheep will walk to instead of away. When not on the farm, one of his favorite activities is moose watching in New Hampshire.

Dan Oakley

Hennery Manager

Dan grew up in Newport, Rhode Island fishing and swimming at the local ponds and beaches. He earned a BA…

Dan grew up in Newport, Rhode Island fishing and swimming at the local ponds and beaches. He earned a BA in History from St. Anselm and was drafted into the Vietnam War upon graduation. Afterward, Dan became a history teacher in Middletown and was heavily involved with the Model Legislature and Close Up Washington DC programs. After retiring, Dan has spent his time as first mate and tour guide on a local boat and working at the farm. Dan is married to Geraldine, a retired English teacher, and has one son, a city firefighter.

Dan feels his most meaningful contribution to his community began when his parents and a small group of other families started a local community center for children with developmental disabilities. Dan served on the board for many years as the vice president and president.

Martin Radcke

Groundskeeper

Martin grew up in a mountainous region in Germany, where nature and the outdoors was always present. His…

Martin grew up in a mountainous region in Germany, where nature and the outdoors was always present. His family’s large vegetable garden provided tasty produce of many different varieties. He and his siblings were given a strip of land for planting and harvesting from an early age. The surrounding forests were their playground – observing wildlife, picking berries, nuts, mushrooms, collecting firewood, building rafts, tree houses, dams, and fishing for trout made for fun activities.

After finishing college, Martin worked outdoors all over the world. He also enjoys biking, cooking, photography, and listening to music. He has two loves, his wife of many years, Rafaela, and in second place FC St. Pauli, his favorite soccer team from Hamburg.

Michael Shepherd

Beekeeper & Mechanic

Mike grew up in Cumberland, RI, raised in an Italian immigrant family that taught him gardening, cooking, canning, collecting…

Mike grew up in Cumberland, RI, raised in an Italian immigrant family that taught him gardening, cooking, canning, collecting blueberries, mushrooms, and watercress from the local woods. Growing up, his favorite sports were basketball, skiing, hiking, and fishing. Mike attended Florida Institute of Technology, graduating with a BS in Marine Biology. He moved to Newport in 1981, married his wife Gail, and raised two great kids, lan and Meredith. He worked at the Middletown Fire Department for 27-years, ending as the Chief.

His son joined the Special Olympics in 2003, and Mike has coached numerous Special Olympics teams. Mike has many hobbies, including raising honeybees, volunteering for the Mystic Marine Mammal Rescue Program, skiing, hiking, backpack camping, surf fishing, boating, and volleyball.

Nicolas Tejada Nicolas Tejada

Nicolas Tejada

Herds Person

Nicolas grew up in Nueva Concepción, El Salvador on his father’s farm. As a young boy, he helped take care of the cows, red hens…

Nicolas grew up in Nueva Concepción, El Salvador on his father’s farm. As a young boy, he helped take care of the cows, red hens for eggs, and white chickens for the market. His family also cultivated corn, rice, beans, and vegetables. While studying business administration in El Salvador, Nicolas decided to come to the U.S. due to the dangerous twelve years of civil war in his home country.

When Nicolas arrived in the U.S., he didn’t speak English, but as he learned the language, he took on jobs in the restaurant and construction industries before returning to his love of farming. In his spare time, Nicolas enjoys walking on the beach and visiting the mountains to see wildlife.

Partners

Ocean Hour Farm is part of the philanthropic organizations and initiatives created and funded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt. The farm is managed by 11th Hour Racing and works closely with Schmidt Ocean Institute and The Schmidt Family Foundation.

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