Our Board members contribute so much to the organization. We’re excited to welcome new members: Andrew Marshall, Tory McCagg, Carl Querfurth, Emmett Watson, Tim Wheeler, and Janet Woodward.
We also extend our deep gratitude and recognize the following members who finished serving several terms: Melissa Benedikt-Blindow, Clem Clay, Kristin Powers, and Mike Smolak. They have contributed so much to Land For Good for many years – and remain active supporters, with several continuing to serve on our Advisory Council.
Meet our Board:
Jeffrey Cole. Professor of Anthropology, Jeffrey currently serves as the Dean of the Faculty at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. The author of two books on immigration to Italy, he has examined the contributions and condition of foreign workers in Sicily, including those in the greenhouse district of eastern Sicily. More recently, he included students in a seminar, Cultivating Change, in a project on beginning farmers in southeast Connecticut. Memories of his grandparents’ farm in Oregon as well as we his academic interests animate his commitment to the mission of Land for Good.
Andrew Marshall. Andrew has been a keen admirer, supporter, beneficiary, and collaborator of LFG 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 & Carl Querfurth. Best known for his work with Roomful of Blues, Carl is a trombonist, producer, composer and arranger. Tory is an author, and sometimes a flutist. She has also worked as a Board member of Common Cause Rhode Island. All this until they bought 193 acres of land in Jaffrey, New Hampshire in 2006. Then began their transition from city life to country living. They put their land into a conservation easement with the Monadnock Conservancy, dubbed the place Darwin’s View and, with the facilitation of Land for Good, signed a lease with their neighbors to farm a five acre field on the property. Carl and Tory eventually built an off-grid house that has become their full-time home. At Darwin’s View, they strive to align their life-style with their values. From composting, recycling and renewable energy to permaculture and agroforestry, their lives have become an experiment in what is possible. Their stewardship of Darwin’s View has taught them 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 Carl & Tory.
Glen Ohlund. Glen has been a Community Economic Development Practitioner for nearly thirty years working on commercial real estate, housing, downtown revitalization, lending and human capital development across New England, where he grew up. Glen is currently 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.
Daniel Ungier. Daniel 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.
Emmett S. Watson. Emmett has deep experience working on major philanthropic campaigns in North America, first at Columbia University where he was Director of Planned Giving for 20 years including a $2 billion capital campaign, and then as Director of Planned Giving & Associate Director External Affairs at the Museum of Modern Art for 18 years, retiring in early 2015. During his time at the Museum, Emmett worked on a successful $858 million capital campaign, the largest in its history. Emmett is a movie and theater buff and philanthropist. He and his wife, Jamie, an architect and designer, divide their time between New York City and an historic house in New Hampshire. He is passionate about Land For Good’s mission believing that farm succession, local and healthy foods, land preservation and an energy sustainable future are inextricably connected.
Tim Wheeler. Tim Wheeler and Janet Woodward own and operate Indian Head Farm in Berlin, Massachusetts with 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. His 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.
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 Indian Head 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.
Emmett Watson (co-chair), MOMA (ret.)
David Ames, Trustee, Ames Realty Trust
Clem Clay, Director, UMass Extension Agriculture Program
Gary Henrickson, President and Owner, FiveMaples (NH)
Greg Horner, Sr. Program Officer, The Cedar Tree Foundation
Michael Smolak, Jr., Owner, Smolak Farms (MA)