Our Farmers

Brent Halderman

Brent grew up on a small family farm outside Dayton, Ohio. He graduated from the Ohio State University with a degree in horticulture and has a love for working outdoors. What began, for him, as a career in landscaping, eventually led to an interest in growing food.  Brent and his wife, Megan, moved to Alabama in the Fall of 2014 to help establish Windy Hill. As farm manager, Brent oversees both the work and the workforce of the farm. Brent particularly enjoys learning how to incorporate regenerative agriculture practices to build soil and plant health, as well as always coming up with something new to build or create.

Megan Halderman

Megan Halderman is originally from Decatur, Alabama and graduated from Mississippi State University. Her background is in education; however, after marrying Brent, she found a home in farmwork. What started as a love for cooking and fresh food, turned into a curiosity and appreciation for where food comes from. Megan worked full time at the farm until Forest, Brent’s and her now two-year old son, was born. Megan provides direction for Special Events and is an integral part of encouraging community among all who have joined the farm for a season.

Kate McDowell

Kate hails from Dallas, Texas and grew up spending her summers at Camp DeSoto. After graduating from Samford University in Foods and Nutrition, Kate worked on a farm in New York, an office in Dallas, and then a call to work outside again brought her to Windy Hill. Kate loves learning and participating in the cycle of life at the farm: from planting seeds to taking care of animals to feeding and getting to know her community at the Farm Market. She would not be able to choose if she likes the animals or the vegetables better! Kate enjoys working with her hands, building furniture, hiking, kayaking, meeting new people, adventuring, and cooking with the food she has helped grow.

Courtney Nelson

Courtney grew up in Rainsville, AL and came to work at the farm in the spring of 2017. Since then, she has been a part of the farm along with her husband Jordan. Courtney graduated from Jacksonville State University with a degree in Outdoor Recreation Management. She was drawn to the farm because of a desire to work outdoors which in turn became a passion for farming and for helping provide responsibly-sourced food for people who come to Windy Hill. Courtney loves having the opportunity to work directly with our part-time summer staff. She also assists in managing our weekly Farm Markets, Events, and daily tasks at the farm.

Jordan Nelson

Jordan was born and raised in Mentone, AL. He began working at the farm in the summer of 2017, shortly after his wife Courtney began working. While Jordan studies to finish his degree in Business Management at Jacksonville State, his work at the farm involves animal husbandry, providing guidance for summer staff, and generally assisting in all aspects of the farm. His interest in farming was sparked by a longing to work outdoors and with his hands which has developed into a love for agriculture and farming.

Katie Kalusche

Katie grew up in McComb, MS and is a recent graduate from Mississippi State University where she completed her undergraduate degree in History. As a staff member at Camp DeSoto, Katie became familiar with the farm’s mission of teaching others about sustainable farming and supporting the local Mentone community. She finds joy in knowing the campers who come to the farm as well as the farm market community. In her first year, Katie has helped with many aspects of the farm, working closely with our laying hens, specifically managing our egg deliveries and sales. Her farming inspiration comes from her Pawpaw John, reading about Fannie Lou Hamer’s “Freedom Farms”, and her love for a fresh farm carrot. 

Shelley Meadows

Shelley was born and raised in Mentone, Alabama. She has a long history with Camp DeSoto and Phil and Marsha Hurt. She worked as a teenager at Camp DeSoto and even was a babysitter for Phil and Marsha's children. Now, she is married with two daughters and a small farm of her own. She runs the commercial kitchen at Windy Hill, working closely with all the farmers at Windy Hill and also with the cooks at Camp DeSoto to bring Farm to Table meals to campers. During the slower seasons she does menu planning and cooking for retreats and events at Windy Hill along with putting up off season produce for later use. Shelley likes experimenting with recipes according to what is being harvested at the farm, but loves the smiles and togetherness that food brings to other people!

Phil and Marsha Hurt

Phil and Marsha Hurt have lived, raised a family, and worked at Camp DeSoto for over 30 years.  Being a part of establishing The Farm at Windy Hill during their time at Camp and life in Mentone is exciting, rewarding, and a lot of good fun for the two of them.  Seeing Windy Hill become an integral part of both Camp and the community has been beyond their best dreams for “Mr. Kirby’s Farm.”

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