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Executive Director

Jim Habana Hafner assumed overall management of Land For Good (LFG) in 2015 as part of a planned succession strategy and after serving as Deputy Director (2013-14). Jim is thrilled to be leading and growing such an outstanding team – and working to strengthen agriculture and food systems in New England. A native of western Massachusetts, Jim worked summers on local farms and farm stands. He has over 20 years experience in program and fund development, outreach and research in the fields of international agriculture, community development, and public health. He has worked with farmers, NGOs and researchers on land tenure, conservation farming, agro-forestry and watershed management, especially in the Global South. Jim has graduate degrees in International Agriculture (M.S.) from UC Davis and Natural Resources (Ph.D.) from Cornell University. His doctoral field work was supported by a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant. For three years he taught and advised graduate and undergraduate students in environmental studies, soil science, and geography at universities in California and New England. He and his family enjoy their local asparagus, glass bottled milk, and CSA shares in Hadley, Mass. Connect with Jim on LinkedIn. Email jim [at] landforgood [dot] org 

Senior Program Director 

Kathy Ruhf began LFG’s work on farmland access, tenure and transfer in 2004, when there was scarcely any recognition or regional resources on these topics. Over the ensuing decade, land access became an issue of priority concern among all farm and food system stakeholders in New England and nationally. Kathy most recently served as Executive Director (2013-14). Kathy is a nationally recognized leader in farm entry, succession and tenure. She has co-authored guidebooks, managed projects, led workshops and worked closely with farm families on these topics. She served as co-director of the New England Small Farm Institute for 17 years, and on the USDA Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers for six years, and chair for two. Kathy coordinated a regional network, the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) from its founding in 1992 until late 2012. She continues to work and write on farm and food policy as a NESAWG Senior Fellow. Kathy has Masters degrees in Administration (University of Massachusetts) and in Natural Resource Management (Antioch/New England). She lives and works in Belchertown, Mass. Email kathy [at] landforgood [dot] org

andrew-marshall-2014-webEducation & Field Director

Andrew Marshall joined Land For Good in 2014. In his capacity as Education and Field Director, Andrew oversees the development and implementation of LFG’s diverse educational programs, including tools, materials, and workshops; and coordinates LFG’s network of Field Agents. In addition to his LFG duties, Andrew teaches Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture at Colby and Unity Colleges; and operates Dorolenna Farm in Montville, Maine, where he and his family produce certified organic vegetables, tree fruit, and poultry. Prior to joining LFG, Andrew spent 10 years as Educational Programs Director at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), where he oversaw the development of their innovative and nationally-recognized farmer education programs. Andrew has a background in Agroecology and Rural Sociology, and holds degrees from Bowdoin College and the University of California, Santa Cruz. Andrew is an avid alpine skier, hockey player, mountaineer, and biker.  Email andrew [at] landforgood [dot] org

Policy Director

Cris Coffin joins Land For Good as a long-time collaborator while serving as New England Director for American Farmland Trust (AFT) from 2001 to 2015. At AFT she played a key role in building public and political support for state farmland protection programs and policies, helping communities plan proactively for agriculture, and forging multi-state and multi-sector coalitions to address regional food system challenges. Previously Cris served in a variety of positions in the U.S. Senate including: Legislative Assistant to Senator Jim Sasser; Professional Staff Member on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; and Legislative Assistant and Chief of Staff to Senator Herb Kohl. She also served as consultant to both the Vermont and Wisconsin Departments of Agriculture. Cris holds a B.A. in geography from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She sits on the Network Advisory Council of Farm to Institution New England and is a member of her town’s Agricultural Commission. With her family, she also raises pastured poultry on their farm in western Massachusetts.  Email cris[at] landforgood [dot] org

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Jo Barrett has been farming and homesteading in Maine since 1983. Jo taught in public and independent schools for over 25 years. She helped host and instruct farming apprentices over a 20 year period at her family’s farm, King Hill Farm in Penobscot, Maine. Recently, she and her husband transferred ownership of the farm to a young farming family. Read about their creative farm transfer in this January 2016 Portland Press Herald article. Email jo [at] landforgood [dot] org

New Hampshire Field Agent

Cara Cargill spent 16 years managing large horse farms and teaching lessons to both recreational and competitive riders. With a graduate degree in Mediation and Conflict Studies (Woodbury Institute at Champlain College) and extensive training as a mediator, Cara has worked with the New Hampshire Agricultural Mediation Program (NHAMP) as their Outreach Coordinator since 2013 – and continues in this role. As a service partner, Cara participated in LFG’s series of land access educational events for new and beginner farmers in New Hampshire. Cara fully appreciates the challenges of accessing affordable, quality farmland. She spent several years searching for farmland after deciding to move back home to New Hampshire. Cara is excited to help connect farmers looking for land with landowners that understand the benefits of having their land in agricultural use.  Email cara[at] landforgood [dot] org

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Vermont Field Agent

Mike Ghia was a beginning farmer and land seeker from 1997-2007. Now he farms part-time while working as a farm consultant through University of Vermont Extension and the Women’s Ag Network.  Mike also works through the Vermont Farm Viability Program as a Farm Business Planner. He coaches beginning farmers on farm and tenure issues and financial planning and assists families with inter-generational transfers.  His expertise includes grazing planning and soils. Email mike [at] landforgood [dot] org


Massachusetts Field Agent

Jason Silverman has had a lifelong passion for agriculture, particularly surrounding forage production and equipment operation. He owns and operates Windrow Farm in his hometown of Conway, MA, producing hay and focusing on grass-based farming systems. A UMass Amherst graduate, he is also the farm manager of the UMass Student Farm and has a strong commitment to agricultural education. As a first-generation farmer, Jason has witnessed the struggles of land access and farm succession first-hand and is eager to contribute to Land For Good’s mission while serving both the farmers and land of Massachusetts. Email jason [at] landforgood [dot] org

Connecticut Field Agent

Rachel Murray is excited to join the Land For Good team. Rachel’s first high school job at a small fruit and vegetable farm in Western Connecticut had a profound impact on her decision to pursue Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Connecticut. Farming has continued to be a passion for Rachel as she has navigated through various food systems work over the last ten years. Aiming to dip deeper into the local foodshed and food system, Rachel recently graduated from Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT with a Masters in Sustainable Food Systems. With the diverse food systems network Rachel has been a part of in Connecticut, and personal experience of being a land-seeking farmer, Rachel is eager to work with others committed to improving the bioregional agricultural landscape. Email rachel [at] landforgood [dot] org

Rhode Island Field Agent

Tess Brown-Lavoie is a first generation farmer, organizer, and writer. She learned how to grow food in city lots and rooftops in Providence, RI and Brooklyn, NY. After growing up in a city in Massachusetts, working as an urban farmer was an access point to agriculture, laying the foundation for the business she is building with her sisters in Rhode Island. After various on-farm jobs and apprenticeships from the Scottish Highlands to Brooklyn, she moved to Providence and co-founded Sidewalk Ends Farm. Tess co-coordinates the Young Farmer Network of Southeastern New England, which is based in Providence and connects members of the beginning farmer community in Rhode Island and neighboring states with a mission for a just, equitable, and sustainable local food system. She works on regional and national farm policy, serving on the National Young Farmers Coalition Advisory Committee. Tess has also served on the Rhode Island Food Policy Council since the beginning of 2013. Email tess [at] landforgood [dot] org

Business Manager

Jan Mackey’s keen interest in nutrition and its effect on health began as a teenager. Her concern with the impact of chemicals used to maintain freshness during food shipment underscores the importance of locally produced food. Being a part of Land For Good gives Jan the opportunity to have a small part in keeping food sources close to home and her community healthier. She is a Certified QuickBooks Pro-Advisor and has worked in bookkeeping for 15 years. Email businessmanager [at] landforgood [dot] org

Operations Manager

Barb Jackson grew up in the Western New York State farming and fruit growing region surrounding Lake Ontario.  She has lived in New Hampshire over 30 years and is excited to be involved with Land For Good. Barb feels that the services and programs offered by Land For Good not only help small farms and farmers in New England, but inspire similar organizations all over the country. Barb’s background in project coordination and data management help her juggle the various requirements of a growing non-profit. Email info[at] landforgood [dot] org

Lisa

Communications Coordinator

Lisa Luciani brings over 20 years of marketing communications experience in the nonprofit sector. From outreach marketing to graphic design and digital media, Lisa enjoys the creative elements of her role. Her innovative outside web design work has received national recognition and honors. Her passion for nonprofits is evident in her professional life and private volunteer work, helping nonprofits fulfill their goals and realize the benefits of sound marketing strategy. A New Hampshire native, Lisa recognizes the value and beauty of our natural landscapes while supporting local food sources and healthy eating with her family. Lisa’s skills are instrumental for building an emerging communications program in order to promote Land For Good’s unique brand and to widen its visibility. Email lisa [at] landforgood [dot] org