Our Board members contribute so much to the organization. Some former members remain active supporters, with several continuing to serve on our Advisory Council.
Tim Wheeler is the owner and operater of Cordelia’s Farm in Berlin, Massachusetts along with his wife Janet, and their sons, James and Nate, who are the seventh generation to live and work on the family-farm where they raise small fruit and vegetables. Tim has served on the local Planning Board for 35 years, the Executive Committee of the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission for 30 years as well as the Boards of several agricultural organizations representing the interests of Massachusetts and New England farmers. When Tim and Janet needed to address the question of farm succession to the next generation, they attended Land For Good’s Farm Succession School to guide them through the process of gradually transferring the farm to their sons. Tim’s interest in sustainable agriculture and finding common ground with measured strategic growth in Central Massachusetts drew him to Land for Good’s innovative yet practical methods of keeping farmers on the land.
Daniel Ungier is the Director of Education and Interpretation at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Former Executive Director of Medomak Valley Land Trust, Daniel has also served as director of farmer training at Cultivating Community and program director of the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project (NASAP). He brings a range of skills to the board including program development, farmer committee and community-based leadership, and experience delivering agricultural curriculum to multicultural audiences of youth and adults. A former Fulbright Fellow, Daniel has extensive experience facilitating community development and farming enterprises in limited literacy and international settings, including conducting participatory action research in Senegal and contract work with Mercy Corps International in Mongolia. A certified Master Gardener, Daniel has spent several seasons on diversified vegetable farms in the Northeast and other parts of the country.
Deborah Leonard-Kosits. President of Concord Strategies (formerly Resonance Strategies), has more than 30 years’ experience creating significant organization change for businesses and individual leaders as a global business HR executive and consultant. Working with world class companies, small businesses and nonprofits, Deb works with client groups and individuals to create practical change and get “unstuck.” She has lived and worked in Hong Kong, China, the Middle East and North America, and has served major clients in South Asia and Europe. She holds a BA in Asian Studies and an MA in Bilingual Education, Chinese and English, from Seton Hall University. Deb’s passion for her ongoing board work with Land for Good stems from a growing appreciation of the urgency surrounding the risk to our local food sources, and a deep respect for the professionalism of all those engaged with Land For Good. An avid cook, Deb loves all things Chinese and lives in New Hampshire with her two golden retrievers.
Andrew Marshall has been a keen admirer, supporter, beneficiary, and collaborator of Land For Good since 2006. He has served as the Educational Programs Director at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) where he specialized in new farmer development initiatives, including MOFGA’s Apprenticeship and Journeyperson Programs. He has also taught sustainable agriculture at Unity and Colby Colleges. He has a background in agroecology and rural sociology, and has earned degrees from Bowdoin College and the University of California, Santa Cruz. Andrew is also a farmer. He and his family operate Dorolenna Farm, in Montville, Maine, where they produce certified organic vegetables, tree fruit, and poultry.
Tory McCagg is an author, flutist, and recent homesteader. Tory was a Governing Board Member of Common Cause Rhode Island for ten years. She and her husband, Carl, have an off-grid house and homestead, Darwin’s View, where they steward over 200 acres of land on a windy hill in Jaffrey, NH. Tory’s most recent book, At Crossroads with Chickens: A “What If It Works?” Adventure in Off-Grid Living and Quest for Home details their life off-grid and on the land, experimenting with renewable energy, composting, recycling, permaculture, and agroforestry. Over the past ten years of being a homesteader, Tory has learned that she’ll never be a farmer, but she has developed a deeper respect for those who farm. She also recognizes the vital importance of New England’s small and local farms. Tory’s stewardship of the land has taught her the value of healthy soil in the effort to mitigate climate change, and the importance – and difficulty – of making small farms viable. Mission moment with Tory and Carl.
Glen Ohlund has been a Community Economic Development Practitioner for nearly 30 years working on commercial real estate, housing, downtown revitalization, lending and human capital development across New England, where he grew up. Glen was most recently Chief Credit Officer at Capital Good Fund, a nonprofit, certified Community Development Financial Institution that offers small loans and personalized financial coaching to create pathways out of poverty and advance a green economy through inclusive financial services. Prior to that he served as Community Development Director for Franklin County Regional Housing Authority, Director of Economic Development for the Community Development Partnership, Northern New England Community Development Manager for TD Bank, and Northeast New England Loan and Outreach Officer for the Cooperative Fund of New England, where he remains active on the Loan Committee. Additional work on economic, environmental, and social justice issues shaped his dedication to sustainable development. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. In addition to cycling, fly fishing, and music, Glen is firmly committed to his spring rock crop which eventually makes way for more edible items.
Janet Woodward. Growing up on a sixth-generation family farm in Connecticut inspired Janet’s early devotion to the land, family and the past. She met Tim Wheeler while working at Old Sturbridge Village, and their subsequent marriage drew her into the seventh-generation family of Cordelia’s Farm in Berlin, Massachusetts. At the time, she was a teacher with a particular passion for bringing students out into their communities and the natural world to learn. Now retired, Janet contributes to the farm through marketing and producing value added products in the farm’s kitchen. Her involvement in Land for Good is a way for her to play forward the gifts that teaching and farming have given her: a grounding sense of place, an enriching sense of community and a devotion to educating and nurturing healthy people and a healthy environment for generations to come. Read Janet’s story on our blog: A farmer’s personal reflection on transferring the farm.