Who We Are







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
National Field Director
Hudson, NY
Derek Denckla - square bio pic Derek Denckla
Investments and Partnerships Director
Brooklyn, NY
Daniel Fullmer bio pic Daniel Fullmer
Western Project Coordinator
Durango, CO
Kate Greenberg pic Kate Greenberg
Western Organizer
Durango, CO
Wes Hannah headshot R. Wesley Hannah
Organizer and Communications
Kingston, NY
Eric Hansen bio pic small Eric Hansen
Policy Analyst
Washington, DC
Mikala bio pic Mikala Ide
Membership Intern
Leana bio pic square Leanna Mulvihill
Operations Manager
New Paltz, NY
Emily Oakley bio pic Emily Oakley
Special Projects Director
Three Springs Farm
Oaks, OK
Holly bio pic square Holly Rippon-Butler
Land Access Campaign Manager
Schuylerville, NY
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Executive Director
Clermont, NY
Debbie Weingarten pic Debbie Weingarten
Arizona Field Organizer
Benson, AZ
Sarah W-F  bio pic small Sarah Wentzel-Fisher
New Mexico Field Organizer
Albuquerque, NM
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.

 Brian Depew - square bio pic Brian Depew
Center for Rural Affairs
Lyons, NE

Brian is Executive Director at the Center for Rural Affairs. Based in Lyons, Nebraska, Brian leads the Center’s state, regional and national efforts to create vibrant small towns. A farm boy from Iowa, Brian stays connect to the soil after hours tending a small flock of sheep, a large bed of garlic and ever changing pile of firewood.

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.
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.  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, 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. 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.
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. As the New Agrarian Program Director for Quivira, Virginie partners with farmers and ranchers on sustainable agricultural operations throughout the Southwest to design and implement in-depth, hands-on 8-12 month apprenticeships for aspiring farmers and ranchers.
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.  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.

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.  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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