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RE Farm Café at Windswept team

Brenda Palmer, Culinary Composer and Preserving specialist, has 30 years combined experience in fine dining, catering, and as a personal chef, mostly in Central PA.  In 2011 she attained a BS in Environmental Studies which has enriched her love and understanding of the natural processes of this world we share.  Brenda raises Angora goats, blueberries and mushrooms.

“I am excited to share my knowledge of mushrooms with our guests at RE Farm Café, in everything from miso shitake soup to morel tiramisu shortbread.”

Shane Orndorf

Composer

Farm Manager

Jesse Graham

He's a true native to Centre County, born and raised on a dairy farm. He loves being in touch with nature, living healthy and sustaining a local organic food system. This is what brought him to Windswept farm, and he use that passion in his job loving, and nurturing our fields.

 

Livestock Manager and Grounds Keeper

Brian Betz

Pennsylvania native, has had an appreciation for all things related to the natural world since a young age. He received his BS in Agricultural Sciences in 2019 to continue his education on sustainable food production. He enjoys cooking, camping, and conservation. He share a love for the animals, and land he takes care of. 

Purchasing Coordinator/Farm Team Co-Lead

Jeremy Gastiger

He grow up in State College and has always loved the area. His personal code is Respect for the person, Respect of the land, and Respect for the Animal. This passion drives him to take care of our needs as a working farm and restaurant. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and sampling the cuisine of other cultures.

 

Bree Clark, Produce & Processing

Monica and Duke Gastiger, LLC managing members, bring specialized talents and passion to RE Farm Café.

During Duke’s “corporate life” with Sheraton and Hyatt Hotels he embraced the priceless training with master chefs from around the world, learning the essence and nuances of each of their cuisines.  With a strong entrepreneurial drive, Duke returned to Penn State in 1985 to acquire The Rathskeller, opened Spats Café and Speakeasy in 1987, and continued as Chef/Owner with Monica until 2018. 

Monica’s first career as a landscape architect drove her appreciation for responsible development, recognizing land and environment are limited resources to be respected. Always a home gardener, Monica embraced locally grown foods and an appreciation for healthy options.  Monica is also a speech-language pathologist working in the education sector.

“Education about living responsibly is essential for all generations, and the opportunities with RE Farm Café are limitless.”

“RE’s cuisine?  Simplicity is the essence of style and grace.  We let the natural goodness of farmed foods steal the show!”