Who We Are








NYFC is led by an Advisory Committee of farmers and farm service providers. In addition, our coalition building and policy is driven by the Local Leadership Committee which includes representatives from 13 local coalitions; Farm Hack is led by a team of programmers, farmers and engineers; and our blog is written by young farmer reporters from across the nation.

Here is the growing list of people who are central to NYFC and the future of farming in the US:

NYFC Staff

Sophie Ackoff

Membership and Development Coordinator

Hudson, NY


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Daniel Fullmer

Western Project Coordinator

 Durango, CO


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Kate Greenberg

Western Organizer

Durango, CO



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R. Wesley Hannah

Organizer and Communications

Gardiner, NY



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Mikala Ide

Membership Intern



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Eleanor Kane


Dudley, MA

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Kacey Kropp


Paonia, CO


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Emily Oakley

Three Springs Farm

Oaks, OK



Lindsey Lusher Shute

Executive Director

Clermont, NY

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Debbie Weingarten

Arizona Field Organizer

Benson, AZ


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Sarah Wentzel-Fisher

New Mexico Field Organizer

Albuquerque, NM



Advisory Committee, as of January 2012:

Alex Bryan, President

Food Field

Detroit, Michigan


Alex co-owns and manages a 4 acre mixed produce farm, Food Field, in the city of Detroit.

Alex’s day job is at the Greater Lansing Food Bank where he is starting an incubator/beginning farmer training program and farm, called Lansing Roots, with funding from the USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.

Tierney Creech, Vice President

Washington Young Farmers’ Coalition

Olympia, Washington


Tierney Creech lives and farms in Olympia, WA. There she helps collectively manage Common Ground Farm, a woman owned and operated CSA farm that practices small scale, low tech, DIY vegetable farming integrated with livestock and pasturing. She is also a co-founder and active organizer of the Washington Young Farmers’ Coalition.


Michelle Hughes, Interim Secretary

Independent Farm Consultant

Hudson, NY


Michelle Hughes is a freelance consultant who has been creating programs that increase knowledge, collaboration and equity across all levels of the food system for nearly 15 years. 

As the Director of the New Farmer Development Project in NYC, she helped to establish 19 new immigrant-owned and operated farms on a combined 400 acres.  She brings a deep respect for the wisdom of nature to all of her work—from designing food access programs in the Hudson Valley to building passive solar greenhouses in Bolivia.  She holds a BS in Conservation Ecology and Agroecology, is a board member of NOFA-NY, and is a Spanish interpreter.


Jacob Israelow, Treasurer

Dirt Capital

New York, NY

  Jacob founded Dirt Capital Partners in 2013 as a platform to channel private investment in support of farmland access, conservation and long-term land security for sustainable farmers in the Northeast.

Previously, Jacob was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs in Asia, where he spent five years acquiring and developing real estate and infrastructure on behalf of the firm. He also served as volunteer CFO for Negev Nectars, a specialty food company which imported organic olive oil and other products from small-scale Israeli farmers for sale to consumers in the United States through CSA-style memberships.

Jacob is also a Board Director at Farm2Table Copackers in Kingston, NY.

Tess Brown-Lavoie

Little City Growers Cooperative

Providence, Rhode Island

  Tess Brown-Lavoie is a first generation urban farmer in Providence, RI. She and her sisters founded Sidewalk Ends Farm. They grow a diversity of fruits and vegetables and market to restaurants and at the farmers market through the Little City Growers Co-op, an 8-year-old urban and peri-urban co-op in Providence. They also co-manage the only urban CSA in Providence with fellow Little City member, Front Step Farm. The farm also hosts a series of workshops and tours throughout the growing season. 
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Virginie Pointeau

Quivira Coalition

Santa Fe, New Mexico


William A. Powers

Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society

Darby Springs Farm

Ceresco, Nebraska


William Powers is the executive director for the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society. Along with his wife Crystal & son Aiden John Alden, they have a small diversified farm in the saline wetlands of Saunders County near Ceresco, Nebraska that features Guernsey dairy cows and heritage breed poultry and focuses on sustainable agriculture and holistic management principles. William currently serves as President of Slow Food Nebraska and on the board of directors for the Nebraska Cooperative Development Center.

Benjamin Shute

Hearty Roots Farm

Clermont, New York


Ben Shute operates Hearty Roots Community Farm, a CSA that provides vegetables and eggs for about 550 families in the Hudson River Valley and New York City. The farm also produces 29,000 lb. of fresh vegetables a year for a group of five emergency food providers in Flatbush, Brooklyn. The farm is in its ninth season, currently managing 90 acres of land, with 20 in vegetables, a big jump from the 3/4 acre of rented land on which the farm was founded.

Sean Stanton

North Plain Farm

Great Barrington, Massachusetts

  Sean Stanton has been running Blue Hill Farm and North Plain Farm in Great Barrington Massachusetts for 12 years. The farms raise heritage pigs, milk fed goats, broiler chickens and laying hens. Sean has a small 100% grass fed Normande and Dutch Belt dairy herd, beef cattle and veal calves. He is Chairman of the selectboard for the town of Great Barrington and has served on the NYFC board since its incarnation.

Adam Stofsky

New Media Advocacy Project

Valatie, New York

  Adam is a human rights lawyer, social entrepreneur, and part-time farmer.  He currently works as the founder and executive director of the New Media Advocacy Project and a co-founder of Ticketyboo Farm, with his wife Anna.  

During his public interest law practice, Adam experimented with using video to support legal advocacy on behalf of low-income and vulnerable communities, and decided to launch a non-profit organization dedicated to this work.  He founded the organization – N-Map – in 2009, and received an Echoing Green Fellowship to support the startup in the spring of 2009.

He also lives on Kinderhook Farm in Valatie, NY, where his wife, Anna, manages over 400 grass-fed sheep.  He also co-manages Ticketyboo Farm, a small laying operation, which produces eggs from pastured, heritage-breed hens, whose foraging on lush Hudson Valley grass is supplemented by local, organic grain. 



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Kelly Fraser

Rochester Hills, MI

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Susannah Spero

Ithaca, NY

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Chris Tidmarsh

South Bend, IN


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