Owner & CEO of Alyson’s Orchard
Susan founded Alyson’s Orchard with her husband, Bob, in the 1980s. She used her experience as a trained chef in Boston to establish the Wedding and Event component of the business. Since Bob’s death 2008, Susan has assumed the role of CEO and President of the Orchard. She oversees the staff and financial operations.
Manager of Events & Lodging
Since 2008, Fran has been assisting couples with their weddings and hosting special events at Alyson’s Orchard. She has an extensive resume in event planning. Fran was the manager of Berlin Orchards in Berlin, MA for 8 years, and she spent 10 years of her career working for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society as the Show Coordinator of the New England Spring Flower Show in Boston, MA.
Operations Manager – Wholesale & Retail
Melissa is no stranger to apple farming, as she is the daughter of our Orchard Manager, Homer Dunn. She grew up on the family orchard and knows the apple business inside and out. As Operations Manager here at Alyson’s, Melissa plays a vital role in making sure that only the highest quality fruit leaves our packing facility, and her focus for our retail Farm Stand is “buy local.”
Homer is a skilled and passionate orchardist who has dedicated his entire life to growing wholesome apples. He managed a pruning crew for Allen Bros. starting when he was 20, and subsequently ran his own crew throughout New England. In 1982 he planted his own family apple orchard in Vermont, and came to Alyson’s in 2003. Homer proudly oversees the cultivation and harvesting of Alyson’s fruit.