Operating in GFN’s new office at 245 Main St #207, Northampton (above Broadside Bookshop)
Lilly Lombard, Executive Director
Lilly worked in the field of public health before serving as founding board president of Grow Food Northampton. She co-led the campaign to pass Northampton’s Community Preservation Act that leverages state and city funds for affordable housing, open space & historic preservation. She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan.
Laura Hilberg, Programs and Administration Coordinator
Laura supports GFN in many ways including as garden registrar, staff conservationist and database manager. She has a Masters degree in Conservation Biology from Antioch University.
Pat James, Volunteer Coordinator
Pat was Education Director at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society before moving to the Pioneer Valley at the end of 2012. Prior to that she managed civic engagement programs at Swarthmore College.
Our Board of Directors
Adele Franks, President
A retired public health physician, Adele brings non-profit management and land preservation experience from her time as Co-Chair of the Nonotuck Land Fund. Adele continues on from her position as GFN’s first Vice President.
Chris Bakker, Treasurer
Chris is a Systems Engineer and co-owner of Homegrown Microfarms. He has a passion for urban and suburban food production and an advocate for a sustainable food culture.
Susan Pincus, Clerk
Susan is co-owner of Sawmill Farm Collective, growing on 1.5 acres at the Northampton Community Farm. Prior to that, she spent five years working on organic farms around the country and in France and graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2008.
Through the years, Joe has been a leadership consultant, environmental educator and local food entrepreneur. He served seven years as a Cooperative Extension Agent in Maine, four years as Director of the University of Rhode Island Environmental Education Center and spent two years in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic helping a newly forming farmer cooperative become certified as organic.
Having successfully planted seedlings in the heavily mined soils out west, Sue realizes how land-use affects a living community. In restoration ecology, one works to create an optimal environment for seeds, seedlings, and transplants to thrive. Similarly, when we value open space, build walking and biking infrastructure and attract sustainable farmers, we foster a vibrant, thriving community. Sue and her partner own a home, along with their two dogs, in Chesterfield.
Cheri Cross has been a communications professional for more than 40 years. After working for corporations, Cheri co-founded the multimedia company, Slate Roof Studio, where her clients were leading educational organizations and fine arts museums. Currently, she is director of communications at Northfield Mount Hermon. She comes to GFN with a passion for agriculture—in the full sense of the word: growing healthful foods in community.
As the director of School Sprouts Educational Gardens and co-founder of The Farm Education Collaborative, Hope Guardenier works with schools, farms, and afterschool programs to realize a vision of outdoor classrooms that allow for hands-on learning and meaningful work. Hope has a M.S. in Environmental Science and additional experience in curriculum development, program coordination, and over a decade of teaching in the outdoors.
Gaby teaches Horticulture and runs the summer internship for the Smith College Botanic Garden. She also provides private residential landscape design and installation services all over the Valley, often with Smith students for a crew. A native New Yorker, she oversaw field operations for NYC’s community gardening program, GreenThumb, and accumulated a range of professional experience in both horticulture and agriculture all over the U.S. before settling down in Northampton in 1999.
Pandora Redwin is a passionate educator who has spent the spent the last twenty years working in outdoor and experiential education with both youth and adults in boardrooms, on farms and deep in the wilderness. She spent over a decade in leadership roles at the North Carolina Outward Bound School and has built houses and trails all around the country. She is happiest when moving extremely large rocks or hanging out with her wife and young daughter. Pandora grew up on a farm in Ashfield.
Jo has over 15 years of farming experience and recently returned to the Valley after 11 years in Philadelphia, where she co-founded and was Director of the Mill Creek Farm, a non-profit educational urban farm. She received a Bachelors degree from Smith College and a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania with a Certificate in Land Preservation. She is currently working at Equity Trust as Program Associate for the Farms for Farmers program, developing a program to address land tenure issues facing urban agriculture.
Thanks to the Civil Liberties and Public Policy program (CLPP) at Hampshire College, GFN is providing its first Food Justice internship for Digno Ortiz, focused on outreach and access to low-income and Latino communities in the Northampton area. Digno, a native of Puerto Rico, resides in Holyoke, MA where he has worked with Nuestras Raices and Youth Build. He is a student of communications at Westfield State University.
GFN Committees 2014
Farm Development Committee: Susan Pincus, Chair
Gaby Immerman, Joe Blotnick, Lilly Lombard, Hope Guardinier, all of GFN’s farmer-lessees
* Proposals for new farmers
* Managing farm leases
* Collaborations with other farm related organizations
* All site-related interfaces
* Managing physical resources
Finance Committee: Chris Bakker, Treasurer
Adele Franks, Lilly Lombard, Sue Crimmins
* Drafting of annual budgets
* Monthly and quarterly updates
FOG Steering Committee: Gaby Immerman, Chair
Adele Franks, Laura Hilberg, Art Larson, Stephen Mollins, Keith Davis, David Merriman, Nancy Cohen, Alisa
* Sets FOG policy
* Manages the FOG site
* Coordinates gardener registration
* Quasi-management of FOG budget
* Build-out of physical site and infrastructure
Fundraising Committee: Johanna Rosen, Chair
Adele Franks, Tom Benjamin, Chris Bakker, Susan Pincus, Lilly Lombard
* Creates annual fundraising plan
* All members active in fundraising
* Delegates initiatives
Governance: Joe Blotnick, Chair
Johanna Rosen, Adele Franks, Pandora Redwin
* Strategic Planning Process
* Board Development – garnering new members, professional development of current
members – feedback and evaluation
* Processes and Procedures
* Adherence to Bylaws
* Board Structures
Nate Frigard and Jen Smith have a combined 28 years of farming experience, were trained at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at the University of California Santa Cruz, and have been growing, managing and teaching farming in Massachusetts including Waltham Fields Community Farm, Waltham, MA, and the Farm School in Orange, MA. In 2010, Nate managed the CSA operation at the Farm School. In addition to farming, Jen worked as a Land Conservation Associate with Mt. Grace Land Conservation Trust, but recently left her position to dedicate herself full-time to Crimson & Clover. In 2013, they welcomed their first child, Noah, into the world!
In 2012, Grow Food Northampton signed a three-year lease of it’s 10-acre “East Field” to Slow Tractor Farm, owned by Andrea and Christian Stanley of Hadley, MA. Andrea & Christian are better known for their successful young business “Valley Malt”, that malts locally-grown barley to sell to local breweries. Slow Tractor Farm grows grains, corn and beans at the Northampton Community Farm.
In 2013, Sawmill Farm, run by Kevin Korb and Susan Pincus, broke ground on 1.5 acres of the Northampton Community Farm. SFC grows greens for local restaurants and farmers markets, and medicinal herbs for its CSA shareholders.
Easthampton-based Mockingbird Farm began grazing cattle on GFN’s South and East Fields in summer 2013. The pilot relationship—Mockingbird’s access to our clover-rich pasture in exchange for their “mowing” and “fertilizing” services—was so successful that we have agreed to continue the lease and officially declare Mockingbird Farm our fourth farm business at the Northampton Community Farm!