A coed boarding and day school for grades 4-9

Where most classrooms end, ours begin.

Farm Staff



Farm Manager

Joshua Faller

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(518) 523-9329   x5447
Bio

Joshua Faller has a B.A. in history and a certification in ecological horticulture from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a M.A. in sustainable agriculture and food systems from Alaska Pacific University. He spent several years as an outreach worker and harm reduction counselor working to help people in crisis. He then served two terms in AmeriCorps developing tutoring and mentorship programs in low income neighborhoods and supporting dynamic urban agriculture initiatives focused on providing food security for all. Later, Joshua managed educational and community farms in the Northeast and Alaska for a decade, growing sustainable food and teaching others to do the same. Joshua's first child, Jasper, was born in the summer of 2018.

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Farm Manager



Equine Facilities Manager

Erica Burns

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Erica grew up on a hobby farm in the Genesee Valley, where her family raised sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, cattle, and horses. As a child, she learned to ride both English and Western, participating in Pony Club, small rodeos, and 4-H. These formative experiences were transformative and have influenced how she has chosen to raise her own children. Erica holds an associate’s from SUNY Cobleskill in equine studies, and a bachelor’s from Franklin Pierce University in business management. While living in Saratoga Springs, Erica rode and groomed polo ponies, and worked on a 300-horse thoroughbred farm. For the past five years, Erica has lived in Keene with her husband and children. At North Country School, she hopes to help develop a healthy, well-rounded herd that will be used for a majority of the year, as well as a program where students can combine the fundamentals of riding with the important details of daily horse care and basic health understanding. She would like our students to have the rewarding experiences associated with riding, but also to learn to care for and be compassionate towards the animals they are learning to maneuver and partner with. For Erica, it's a big picture: health, riding, and a solid relationship with the horse.

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Equine Facilities Manager



Farm Intern

Mallory Schmackpfeffer

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School Phone
(518) 523-9329   x5447
Bio

Mallory was raised in Rochester, New York, and studied English and environmental studies at Binghamton University, degrees she now uses in her work doing environmental and outdoor education of all kinds. Nothing makes her happier than connecting people (especially kids!) with the outdoors in all the ways that we interact with it, whether that be adventuring or growing food. She’s worked on farms in the U.S. and abroad and most recently led a group of teenagers on a thru hike of Vermont’s Long Trail. Mallory loves to play outside, learn new skills, and tackle creative projects of all kinds.

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Farm Intern



Farm Intern

Madeline Short

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School Phone
(518) 523-9329   x5447
Bio

Madeline grew up in Pennsylvania exploring the rivers, fields, and forests around her family’s small farm. For college, she went to Vermont in search of snowy mountains and a degree in environmental studies. She is passionate about the intersection of environmental preservation and human livelihoods and focused her studies on food systems. Most recently, Madeline worked in Colorado leading backpacking trips in the Rockies. In her free time, Madeline loves to hike, bike, be outside, do yoga, and cook delicious food with friends and family.

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Farm Intern



Edible Schoolyard Teacher

Elie Rabinowitz

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School Phone
(518) 523-9329   x5475
Bio

Elie graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 with a BA in psychology and in Spanish language, literature, and culture; he has taught Spanish and ESL for grades 6-12 in Arizona and Massachusetts. In 2011 he earned an MA in education from the University of Arizona. He has coached middle and high school sports (baseball, softball, and cross-country) and co-led international and domestic trips for students. He is joined at NCS by his wife Becca Miller and their two dogs Bean and Otter. Elie loves playing outside, whether hiking, biking, backpacking, or trail running, and is also passionate about all things food: growing, preparing, and eating.

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Edible Schoolyard Teacher, Spanish Teacher, Riding Staff, Co-Primary Houseparent