Dr. James Shepherd
Dr. Shepherd is a physician and infectious disease specialist at Yale University School of Medicine, and has recently returned with his family from 8 years in Africa assisting programs in HIV and TB control. He has always been interested in conservation and working lands. To help preserve open green space and promote agriculture in Connecticut, he started Smokedown Farm, a nine acre hop-yard on the western edge of the Housatonic River valley on Sharon Mountain in Sharon CT. 2019 will mark the farm’s fourth harvest.
Ally Hughes joined the team at Smokedown in March of 2018 as Farm Manager. Previously she was Assistant Winemaker and Vineyard Technician at a winery in central Nebraska. As a born and bred Nebraskan, agriculture has been deeply rooted in her Midwest upbringing. Ally is a 4th generation farmer that has taken an interest specifically in the farming sector of the craft beverage industry. With her acquired skills she is looking forward to lending a hand in the production of quality hops to the craft brewing industry of New England.