Meet the People

Cricket Creek Farm is owned by Jude Sabot.  Topher Sabot, Jude’s son, oversees the daily operations of the farm.

Each year we take on a new set of apprentices who come here for a year to learn, work, and play with us.  All of us together make up a dynamic farm team.  Visit our employment page to learn more about opportunities here, including the apprenticeship.

Jude Sabot – Owner 
Jude moved to Williamstown with her husband and 4 children after living in England for 4 years, in Tanzania for 2 years and Washington DC for 10 years. While it was never in her life plan to be a farm owner/ manager and cheese maker, she has found the challenge and the adventure very rewarding– and fun! She enjoys working with our great group of employees and interns and interacting with customers and community.  Her passions are listening to music, being outside as much as possible, learning a new language, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Topher Sabot – Owner/Farm Manager
Topher Sabot grew up in Williamstown on Oblong Rd, attending Mt. Greylock High School, and then Williams College. After several years out west, Topher returned to help manage Cricket Creek Farm and took over daily operations in 2009.  Topher oversees all aspects of the business, but focuses his attention mostly on the dairy herd – cow health, breeding, forage etc.  Topher is also the editor of FasterSkier.com, an online news source for Nordic Skiing.  Topher loves the rolling hills, forests and fields of Williamstown, and when not working on the farm, can be found running or biking, hanging with his wife Jen and little boy Charlie.

 

Emily Cordner – Assistant Farm Manager
Emily started at Cricket Creek as a farm apprentice where she worked alongside Topher milking the cows, feeding pigs, driving tractors, making hay, feeding cows, fixing big mechanical things, chasing cows, and chasing pigs. She’s since stayed on as the farm’s first Assistant Farm Manager. Before coming to Cricket Creek, Emily spent a year working on an 80,000 acre beef ranch in Colorado and at an animal rescue center, where she dealt with everything from pigs to crocodiles.  She brings an unmatched work-ethic, a deep-seated love of animals, a great sense of humor (a necessity on a dairy farm) and an impressive array of skills.

 

Calista Tarnauskas – Cheesemaker
Calista grew up in Western Mass and attended Johnson State College in Vermont where she received a BFA in Creative Writing. Her cheesemaking career began in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont at an off-the-grid goat dairy, Lazy Lady Farm, in 2009. She’s been obsessed with cheese ever since. Since leaving Lazy Lady and joining Cricket Creek Calista has worked at 5 other artisan cheese-making dairies in Vermont and Oregon. When she’s not making cheese Calista can be found doing yoga, reading a book, writing poetry, skiing downhill or cross-country, playing with her dog Malin or petting her cat Gunther.

 

Teri Rutherford – Operations Manager
Teri hails from the Pacific Northwest where she attended school and received her Bachelors of Art in History and Anthropology. She moved to Massachusetts to work on her Masters of Science in Historic Architectural Preservation at UMass Amherst before switching directions and working as an outdoor guide throughout the northeast. While living in New England she fell in love with her rural town’s farming community and volunteered with Americorps managing a farming viability and food access program while also working as an event planner. She now manages business operations of the farm – sales, marketing, inventory, event planning, and community engagement. Teri enjoys spending time with the piglets, sea kayaking, yoga, early mornings and making foraged floral arrangements.

 

Alyse Franco – Creamery Apprentice

 

 

Nicholas Kimberly – Creamery Apprentice
Nicholas was born in Buffalo, NY, raised in southern NH, and attended Franklin University of Switzerland where he received his BA in Environmental Science with a focus on organic agriculture policy. After graduating, Nicholas returned to the Northeast to pursue a career in healthcare technology consulting and sales before deciding to pursue his true passions of sustainably-produced food and cheesemaking. While not making cheese, Nicholas enjoys wandering through forests, skiing, mountain biking, reading, fermenting stuff, yoga, finding swimming holes, listening to records and cooking Italian food.

 

Jamie Ott – Bookkeeper

 

Plum Crane – Milker/Farm Assistant

 

Mac Zimmerman – Milker