MEET THE TEAM
An agriculturalist and entrepreneur with over 12 years of experience across the private, non-profit, and philanthropic sectors, Ben specializes in regenerative farming systems and supply chain management. His early work in Haiti creating an organic coffee production and export business led him to found Atlantic Organics in 2007, the largest organic fresh vegetable farm in the state of Maine at that time. Jointly with his other venture, Locally Known LLC., Ben provided the first 100% East Coast grown and packaged organic salads available to the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic retail markets.
Ben currently serves as the General Manager of Stone House Farm and Old Mud Creek Farm. On these two adjacent farms located in the Hudson Valley, he is responsible for the design, oversight, and continual improvement of 3,500-acres of diversified, organic grains for cover crop seed, human consumption, livestock feed, and grass-fed beef. Ben’s core passion is addressing climate change through ecological restoration and appropriate agricultural practices. Since 2013, he has directed Hudson Carbon, an open source collaborative research institute, where he leads efforts focused on monitoring the carbon storage potential of soil, and aims to provide a model that is profitable while improving soil health and function.
When Ben is not on the farm, he enjoys time with his wife and four children.
Chief Operating Officer
John has over 25 years of experience in the private and public sector. John served as an adviser to New York State Small Farmer task force initiated by Governor Cuomo for 2 years in his former role as EVP of Business Development for NYS. Previous posts include Chase Bank UK as Vice President of Telecom Media and Tech Investment Banking; Time Warner Music Group as Director of Global Marketing; SVP at Mercury Public LLC; and founder and CEO/Founder of UBM, Inc., a New York City based property management business. John brings significant experience to Hudson Hemp in a number of areas including marketing and communications, business development and corporate strategy.
John holds a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College, and a MBA in Management of Organizations/Marketing from Columbia Business School. While not on duty at Hudson Hemp, John consults corporations on Diversity Equity and Inclusion initiatives, is a spare-time farmer in NY’s Hudson Valley. He currently resides in New York City with his family, and sits on the board of Hudson Community Development Corp.
Chief Administrative Officer
Informed by her direct business development experience in the startup cannabis industries, Melany brings a savvy and focus to Hudson Hemp. During her previous roles as executive assistant for a major cannabis brand, and as a compliance manager for Humboldt Brothers, a network of medical marijuana production firms in Northern California, she gained expertise in local regulation and state legislature. As COO of People Need People, a temporary cannabis labor firm, she oversaw ongoing operations of more than 40 contracted laborers, and crafted project proposals for a range of stakeholders. Seeking to unite her commitment to climate change and regenerative land management, she worked as a research and lab contributor assistant at Hudson Carbon before joining Hudson Hemp.
Inspired by a childhood spent on organic farms, Melany is motivated by the potential of cannabis as the future of food, fuel, fiber and medicine. She majored in German Studies from Bard College and won the German Book Award in 2012.
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