Who We Are

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NYFC is led by a Board of Directors, including farmers, farm service providers and social entrepreneurs.

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
sophie[at]youngfarmers[dot]org
Daniel Fullmer bio pic Daniel Fullmer
Western Project Coordinator
Durango, CO
daniel[at]youngfarmers[dot]org
Kate Greenberg pic Kate Greenberg
Western Organizer
Durango, CO
kate[at]youngfarmers[dot]org
Wes Hannah headshot R. Wesley Hannah
Organizer and Communications
Kingston, NY
wes[at]youngfarmers[dot]org
Eric Hansen bio pic small Eric Hansen
Policy Analyst
Washington, DC
eric[at]youngfarmers[dot]org
Mikala bio pic Mikala Ide
Membership Intern
mikala[at]youngfarmers[dot]org
Emily Oakley bio pic Emily Oakley
Special Projects Director
Three Springs Farm
Oaks, OK
emily[at]youngfarmers[dot]org
Holly bio pic square Holly Rippon-Butler
Land Access Campaign Manager
Schuylerville, NY
holly[at]youngfarmers[dot]org
LLS_NSAC13 Lindsey Lusher Shute
Executive Director
Clermont, NY
Debbie Weingarten pic Debbie Weingarten
Arizona Field Organizer
Benson, AZ
debbie[at]youngfarmers[dot]org
Sarah W-F  bio pic small Sarah Wentzel-Fisher
New Mexico Field Organizer
Albuquerque, NM
sarah[at]youngfarmers[dot]org
Advisory Committee:
Alex Bryan, President
Food Field
Detroit, MI

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, WA

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. Read more
DSC02817 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. Read more
Tess Brown-Lavoie
Little City Growers Cooperative
Providence, RI
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. Read more
Virginie bio pic Virginie Pointeau
Quivira Coalition
Santa Fe, NM
Virginie Pointeau works for the Quivira Coalition, a small non-profit located in Santa Fe, NM, whose mission is to build resilience by fostering ecological, economic and social health on Western working landscapes through education, innovation, collaboration and progressive public and private land stewardship. Read more
William A. Powers
Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society
Darby Springs Farm
Ceresco, NE

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. Read more

Benjamin Shute
Hearty Roots Farm
Clermont, NY

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. Read more

Sean Stanton
North Plain Farm
Great Barrington, MA
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. Read more
Adam Stofsky
New Media Advocacy Project
Valatie, NY
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.Read more

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