Sally Doherty: Director, Past President of GOSA
Serving GOSA Since 2008
Sally has served in several GOSA volunteer roles spanning a period of nearly 10 years. She started out as Communications Coordinator, followed by Registrar and Treasurer, then Vice President, and most recently has served as GOSA's president. Sally lives with her family on a small farm in Afton Minnesota - Little Foot Farm - just 15 miles outside of the Twin Cities. By day, she is a working professional in the electronics industry. At the farm, she and her family run a commercial greenhouse business, and raise Berkshire and Gloucestershire Old Spot hogs, and heritage breed sheep, beef cattle, and chickens. Little Foot Farm sells pork to Twin Cities Chefs, primarily for charcuterie. They have had a ~8 sow pork operation for many years (75+ hogs per year harvested). Sally is enthusiastic about working with this rare heritage breed, while making good local food that serves the Twin Cities, and teaching her children about such important endeavors. Some of Sally's accomplishments, as a volunteer and leader of GOSA include: Sally established GOSA as a Non Profit Corporation in June of 2011, prior to that GOSA was a club. In her various roles of GOSA leadership, Sally has established and maintained important connections for GOSA by visiting and working with these organizations, GOS Pig Breeders Club in the United Kingdom, Livestock Conservancy in North Carolina, Ayershire Farms in Virginia, and Swiss Village Farm (SVF) in Virginia. Sally and Little Foot Farm worked with Dr Thomas Parsons of UPenn in collaboration with Swiss Village Farm on a project to build a bio-secure founder population of rare breed animals including GOS hogs. SVF is working to create a frozen library of genetic material from farm animals in danger of being lost to extinction. Sally's family worked with GOSA and SVF to ensure that important GOS genetics were included in that project . She and her family have been laying the foundation to do something useful with her small diversified farm, and GOS hogs in particular. The last decade has been fruitful in this regard.
Hilary Smith: Director, Treasurer of GOSA
Serving GOSA Since 2012
Hilary Smith along with her husband Greg Smith own a 54 acre ranch in Bend, Oregon dedicated to raising Gloucestershire Old Spots and practicing bio dynamic farming. Along with the GOS pigs they also raise a variety of other heritage hogs, chickens, turkeys and cattle. Their farm is focused on producing top quality meat to local restaurants and individual buyers. To preserve the GOS genetics they breed for and are highly selective when identifying which purebred GOS to sell as premium breeding stock, all other pigs are integrated into their meat herd or sold as wiener pigs. They are very passionate about educating people about the importance of the breed and the quality of the pork. In addition to help running the farm Hilary owns her own accounting firm. She has worked as a public accountant since 2004 doing taxes, business consulting and auditing. In 2006 she decided to open her own firm enabling her to provide a more personal approach to her work. She enjoys running her own practice because it allows her to give individual attention to her clients and time on the farm. She is very proficient in a variety of accounting and tax software including QuickBooks, Lacerte and Ultra Tax. She approaches everything in life with a high level of honesty and integrity and brings those values to both her work and personal connections. Living in Bend does allow for a good work life balance and Hilary makes sure to still get some time to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle. In her off time she enjoys skiing, biking, hiking and boating. Her accounting background combined with her passion for the GOS pigs makes for a perfect fit as Treasurer for Gloucestershire Old Spots of America.
Andy Meader: Director, President of GOSA
Serving GOSA Since 2016
Andy and his wife Christy and their 4 children live on an acreage in SE Iowa. They raise GOS pigs and heirloom chickens and heirloom turkeys and dairy goats. Professionally, Andy works as a technical director for a family owned broadband company. His areas of professional focus are highly available Linux systems and fault tolerant IP networks. Andy has served on for-profit, non-profit and public boards. Andy and his family found GOS pigs while looking for an ideal animal for their acreage and for charcuterie. Their GOS journey has introduced them to fantastic folks from all over the US. Their GOS focus is improving the Black Group. Andy is excited to help GOS America by volunteering technical resources and time communicating with members.
April Prusia: Director, Vice President of GOSA
Serving GOSA Since 2018
April Prusia, and her partner Steve live in the drifftless region of SW Wisconsin on 78 acres called Dorothy’s Range. Most of the land is being restored to native landscape; short and tall prairie and oak savanna. The pig adventure started over 8 years ago when they started looking for a pig breed that would accent their land ethic and be easily managed pig for beginners. They started with Large Black hogs and acquired a LB/GOS mix. This GOS, Large Black mix called for the addition of a GOS sow , and from then they phased into raising pure GOS hogs. GOS pigs were chosen for their gentle manner, and for their grazing qualities. April has taken the leading role in pig management at Dorothy’s Range, and is focused on raising GOS on pasture. She selects for grazing qualities and is especially interested in the old time GOS characteristics that can be seen in the old time photos. She hopes to preserve these Old timey traits and help the breeds numbers by raising people’s awareness and interest in the breed. April and Steve are ecopranuers running several businesses from the home. Dorothy’s Range offers farm-stays and recently April has been doing farrow to fork events as well as small farm to table type catering. Serving up meals with pork at the center and introducing folks to past pork uses , traditions and less known cuts, in particular lard. Many farm-stay folks visiting Dorothy’s Range have never seen pigs, or chickens. April loves to share her GOS pig enthusiasm with guest, and farmer’s market shoppers. She enjoys teaching them something about pigs, pork, heritage breeds, and or our current Agriculture scene. Even if it is just a little fun fact, like a century ago, lard was found in every pantry and fryer. April enjoys talking pig and sees her new volunteer role as VP a good fit.
Rachel Breeden: Secretary of GOSA
Serving GOSA Since 2018
Rachel Breeden manages Hampton Ridge Farm, a 50 acre farm in Kentucky alongside her spouse, Jay, and parents Earl and Rebecca Hampton. She and Jay Breeden revitalized her parents farm about five years ago starting with just two pigs. They now keep around 30 hogs with a trio of registered Gloucestershire Old Spots, along with two Large Black sows, producing high quality pork along with breeding stock. Their farm also produces beef, chicken, turkey, duck and goat all with a focus on utilizing heritage breed livestock. Rachel maintains their farm website, social media, and enjoys networking with families and chefs alike. One of her favorite aspects of farming is engaging with customers week to week. She is very detail oriented and enjoys organization and designing systems to promote success. She also has a passion for marketing along with designing their farms promotional materials. As a budding farmer she is looking for even more ways to invest in and promote heritage breeds particularly Gloucestershire Old Spots.