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Project Management Team and Staff

Project Management Team and Project Staff


Project Management Team


The Project was guided by a Project Management Team of agriculture service providers and farmers. The Team met over the course of the four-year project and provided oversight, project policy and monitoring. Project Management team members were:

John Berry, Penn State Cooperative Extension
Marion Bowlan, Pennsylvania Farm Link
Robin Brumfield, Rutgers University, NJ
Valerie Gonlon, Maryland Department of Agriculture
Seth Kroek, Crystal Spring Community Farm, ME
Trish Manfredi, Project Evaluator, University of Massachusetts
Beth Myers, Swallowsong Farm, ME
Cathy Sheils, FarmNet, Cornell University
David Smith, Springfield Farm, MD

The Project was staffed by several part-time professionals, all employed by the New England Small Farm Institute. They were:

Kathy Ruhf, Project Director
Gaby Immerman, Project Assistant
Warren Hubley, Administrative Assistant
Kim Gromko and Joanne Sunshower, Business Managers

Farmer Advisory Committee


From the very beginning, the GNF Project knew it would succeed only if its work was grounded in the real life experiences of the farmers it sought to serve. It invited 24 farmers to serve as a Farmer Advisory Committee to guide its work. The Project included farmers in planning and overseeing all project activities; no aspect of the project was considered complete without review and comment by the Farmer Advisory Committee.

The GNF Project's Farmer Advisors were a diverse, lively, and dedicated group. They represented a broad spectrum of enterprise type, size, management practices, and farming experience - just like our population of new Northeast farmers.

Farmer Advisors provided a sounding board for every aspect of the GNF project. In addition to offering feedback and insights on general issues facing the Project, individual Farmer Advisors were paired with every GNF project activity. They reviewed mini-grant applications. They commented on drafts of workbooks, research surveys, website content, and policy recommendations. They spoke at GNF conferences. Three served on the GNF Project Management Team.

Michael Baki, Genesis Farm, NJ
Ellen Clement, Highlands Sheep Dairy, NH
Amanda Ellis-Thurber, Lilac Ridge Farm, VT
Margo & Mike Ghia, Ewetopia Farm, VT
Sonia Gonzales, Rancho Gonzales, CT
Karen Grybko, Maple Lane Farm, NH
Les Guile, Walnut Grove Farm, NJ
Mark Guzzi, Peacemeal Farm, ME
Bill Harris, Harris Orchards, MD
Dr. Jim Hayes, Sapbush Hollow Farm, NY
Clair Hershey, Hershey Brothers Dairy, PA
Bryan Huff, Shyrwood Farm, PA
Barry Kapplan, Bush Meadow Farm, CT
Chris Kelder, Kelder's Farm and U-Pick, NY
Seth Kroeck, Crystal Spring Community Farm, ME
Shane Labrake, Accokeek Foundation Ecosystem Farm, MD
Michael Lydon, Lydon Family Tomatoes, RI
Jennifer Mayo, Arbutus Hill Farm, NH
John Mitchell, Heirloom Harvest Community Farm, MA
Beth Myers, Swallow Song Farm, ME
Adelia Pimm, Pimm's View Farm, NY
Stewart Ramsey, Ramsey's Pumpkin Patch, DE
Desiree Robertson-Duboi, Crabapple Farm, MA
David R. Smith, Springfield Farm, MD