The Daredevil: Abi Mesick, Tree Worker, Truck Driver, Farmer

By Elissa Betterbid | May 15, 2017
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Abi Mesick of Collins Farm in Chatham trimming tress.
Mesick worked climbing trees for 32 years until a career altering back injury. Photo courtesy of Abi Mesick.

To hear her youthful voice, you’d never guess Abi Mesick has 35 years of experience as a gardener, tree worker and farmer. As a child Abi was active in the 4-H Club, with a passion for dairy cattle and calves. By 16 she was a talented perennial gardener with her own fledgling business. She became interested in tree work while working as a secretary for an arborist. She fell in love with climbing trees and worked in them for 32 years, until all that backbreaking work did exactly that. Last year she had three discs removed from her back and replaced with bone grafts. This summer Abi will go back to work, but not in the trees—that chapter of her resume is all but over for her. As the co-proprietors of Collins Farm in Chatham, Abi and her fiancé Donal Collins raise cattle, chickens and other livestock as well as fresh eggs, raspberries and blueberries and hay. With a focus on humane slaughter, Collins Farm’s animals graze on lush green pastures and receive the best care possible. You can buy Collins Farm eggs at Ben Gable Savories in Chatham, and Spruce Ridge Farm in Old Chatham sells Collins Farm beef.

Collins Farm | Chatham

Photo: Courtesy of Abi Mesick
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