Daniel Horan, Chief Executive Officer
Dan Horan has been creating and building food and farming businesses for 25 years. He founded Five Acre Farms to make high-quality, healthy food more broadly available and to keep farmers farming. Previously, Dan served for ten years as President & CEO of Papaya King, the New York-based restaurant company, and was a General Manager at Gourmet Garage, an independent supermarket in New York City. In 1990, Dan founded Waldingfield Farm, an organic vegetable farm in Washington, Connecticut. As the business grew, he recruited his two younger brothers to join him, and Waldingfield Farm continues to operate to this day. Dan graduated from Tufts University and earned an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Patrick Horan, Sales
Patrick Horan manages the operational logistics involved in getting Five Acre Farms products from farm to shelf. He is an organic farmer, entrepreneur and actor with over 20 years of experience in the local food movement. With his brother Quincy, he runs Waldingfield Farm, an organic vegetable farm in Washington, Connecticut whose vegetables, cultivated on more than 30 acres, are certified organic by Baystate Organic Certifiers. In 2007, Patrick led the introduction of a line of artisanal foods, including pasta sauces, Bloody Mary mix and salad dressings, marketed under the Waldingfield Food Company label. He serves on the Board of Directors of NOFA-CT (Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut). He is a graduate of Union College and the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting.
Rick Smith, Logistics Manager
Rick Smith is a Hudson Valley, NY native and has spent most of the past decade working in food and agriculture. Prior to joining Five Acre Farms as the Logistics Manager, he worked as the Farm Operations program director for the New York City-based non-profit, Project EATS. This program served to provide food sovereignty and community workforce development in urban agriculture, overseeing a network of urban farm sites, farm stands, and food pantries, spanning the 5 boroughs. To this role, he brought years of experience as a farmer and entrepreneur, co-founding Climax Cooperative in 2016 – a small-scale vegetable operation based in the northern Catskills town of Climax, NY. Rick is a graduate of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.
Subhash Mandal, Logistics
Subhash Mandal has been with the company since the Fall of 2016 and works part-time for us in logistics. He enjoys the physical nature of helping bring our products to customers. Outside of FAF, Subhash is an actor and girls Juniors volleyball coach.
Sara Doar, Human Resources, Accounts & Research
Sara Doar leads our company’s human resources and research efforts and assists with accounting and operations. Sara has deep roots in agriculture. She grew up on a Hudson Valley dairy farm that evolved into a successful farm stand. After beginning her career in journalism and public relations, Sara returned to the agricultural sector where she managed a farm with a wholesale tree nursery, a horse boarding operation and a hay business. In her spare time, Sara served on a planning board, was president of a school board and wrote for insideschools.org. She is a graduate of Harvard University.