|Pictured above: NYFC staff in December 2015.
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:|
WHO WE ARE
With a background in organizing and state policy, Lindsey co-founded NYFC as a platform for young, progressive farmers to have a meaningful influence on the structural obstacles in the way of their success. Lindsey is a respected speaker and an expert on the structural issues facing family farms. In 2014, she was named a “Champion of Change” by the White House. She and her husband own and operate Hearty Roots farm in the Hudson Valley.
Michelle has been creating programs that increase knowledge, collaboration and equity across all levels of the food system for nearly 15 years and is the former director of the New Farmer Development Project in NYC. She holds a BS in conservation ecology and agroecology, and is a board member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York.
Sophie helps farmers across the country launch and grow local NYFC chapters. She also leads grassroots campaign work and manages corporate partnerships and the membership program. Sophie studied biology and environmental studies at Wesleyan University and has farmed on several CSA farms in the Hudson Valley of New York.
Before joining NYFC, Kate worked and volunteered on CSA vegetable farms, wineries, and ranches, and managed western field programs and native tree greenhouses. She graduated from Whitman College in 2009. She currently sits on the board of directors of the Quivira Coalition.
Holly holds an M.E.M. in sustainable land use and agriculture from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and she has previously worked with the American Farmland Trust and the Agricultural Stewardship Association. She currently farms with her parents on their third-generation dairy and beef farm in Upstate New York.
Eric holds an M.E.M. from Duke University, where he studied agriculture policy and community-based environmental management. Previously, he was a project associate at the Meridian Institute, where he supported multi-stakeholder problem solving around issues involving agriculture, food security, and community resilience.
Prior joining NYFC, Alex worked with American Rivers to shape Farm Bill and state water policy. Alex holds a J.D. from Vermont Law School and B.S. in environmental policy from Virginia Tech. Alex is based in Denver, CO where he grows hops and dabbles in mountain climbing.
Chelsey previously served as executive editor of Oklahoma Living magazine and communications manager for the National Farm to School Network. She is also a longtime member and past-president of the Oklahoma Food Cooperative. Now a resident of Brooklyn, Chelsey grew up on a fifth-generation dairy farm.
Leanna is a Hudson Valley native. When she’s not working at our Hudson headquarters, Leanna is running Four Legs Farm in Germantown, NY where she raises lamb, pork and beef. Leanna holds a BS in Forest Engineering from SUNY-ESF.
Sara holds degrees in anthropology and ecology from the University of Georgia, and has published and presented her research, which focuses on building functional solidarities for racial justice across disparate movements, on an international stage.