James Apostol. I discovered Stearns Farm in 2008 as I awakened to the importance of local, sustainable agriculture. I served as a work-for-share in the summer of 2009 and was captivated by the deep attachment that folks have to the farm, the process, deepening my own. Central to this feeling is the extraordinary cast of characters that make up our community. From the members, to the farmers, to the volunteers, it takes a village… and oh what a village we have! Stearns farm is a magical place and one that I am honored to serve as a member of the Board. When not waxing philosophically about our farm, I am the Deputy Director of Harvard Law School’s Program on International Financial Systems, a sometime yogi, and an avid traveler.
Jill Boyd I live in Framingham and have been a member of Stearns Farm since 2007. I work part time as a healthcare recruiter and spend most of my time off with my husband and two daughters. I am passionate about natural living and whole foods and support Stearns Farm because of the commitment it has to high quality organic produce. I love the peace and tranquility that I experience every time that I am at the farm and am grateful for the exposure to local farming that it has given to our family. I especially love the greens grown at the farm, and the salads and green smoothies that they produce! I enjoy working with and for a nice community of friends and families.
Nicholas Clayton I live in Sudbury and work as a scientist at the Genzyme Corporation where I study the field of rare genetic diseases. I have been a member of the town of Sudbury’s Agricultural Commission for 8 years. My wife and I are celebrating our ninth year as members of Stearns Farm. Initially I volunteered doing farm maintenance, but as my schedule tightened I needed to limit my time doing so. I was elected to the board in 2013 and am serving as the Treasurer.
I am a member of Stearns farm for many reasons. First and foremost, the vegetables are more flavorful than any you could find at a store! Supporting local organic agricultural practices also promotes diversity in the community, decreases environmental burden and creates a healthy understanding of food production.
Nancy Conklin-Stone Having worked in the healthcare field for over three decades and seen firsthand what an impact healthy (and unhealthy) food has on our bodies and minds, I count Stearns Farm as one of the blessings in my life. Here, I am able to nourish my soul, from the beautiful landscape, to the glorious organically grown vegetables, to the diverse group of wonderful staff and members, to the ability to work with and be part of a community with like-minded folks.
Living just 3 miles away in Sudbury has been convenient for being a work-for-share (WFS), which I have done for 4 years. This is my second year as a member of the Stearns Farm Board, where I bring the perspective of a WFS. As a supporter of preventive health and self-care, I know that one of the most basic ways we can care for ourselves and families is to eat lots of organically grown/ pesticide-free vegetables, which are locally grown. It’s an honor for me to be a part of Stearns Farm.
Peter Doherty I live in Framingham and work as a Senior Instrumentation Engineer at the Department of Physics at Harvard University, building scientific instruments that are used by astrophysicists. I have been a member of Stearns Farm for ten years and a member of the Board of Directors for four. At Stearns Farm I volunteer as the President of the Board of Directors, work on construction projects, and haul trash.
I am a part of Stearns Farm because I want my family to, as much as possible, eat vegetables that are grown both organically and locally. It is important to me that I know where the food we eat comes from and that we know it to be both safe and nutritious. It is just as important to me that we eat locally produced food in order to both support the local community and to avoid the environmental impacts of geographically dispersed food production.
Bela Gorman I live in Marlborough and work as a health actuary running my own consulting practice out of my house with my husband Don. I have been a Stearns Farm member since the summer of 2004. That first summer BC (before children), I spent a lot of time at Stearns Farm. It was and still is one of the most beautiful places around. My children are now 9 and 6. They grew up picking and eating food from the farm. My daughter’s favorite vegetable is Swiss chard! I love how the farm has influenced our healthy eating habits. Now that my children are older, I would like to give back to the farm in some way. I have only been a Board member a short time (summer 2014) and I look forward to contributing to the farm in the future.
Lisa Kamer For 20 years I worked as an executive in the food industry. The more I learned about commercial food production and how large companies grew, packaged and shipped the food we have so readily available to us, the more I wanted to become part of local food community. I waited a long time to become a member of Stearns and feel great about obtaining food that is grown less than 2 miles from my home.
Currently, I split my time between managing my company, Happy Hands Happy Dogs, and developing the Garden to Table program for The Massachusetts Horticultural Society. This year will be my second term as the Vice President of the Board at Stearns, and I enjoy working with a group of people who feel as passionate and enthusiastic as I do about supporting local agriculture.
Nomi Sofer I am a freelance writer and editor and have been a sharer at Stearns Farm since 2006, shortly after I moved to Framingham. As a volunteer and a work-for-share I have edited the Farm’s newsletter and managed the website redesign project. I am currently the website editor. I joined the Board of Directors in 2013.
My family and I belong to Stearns Farm because we want to support local agriculture and know where our food comes from as much as possible. I grew up on a vegetable and flower farm where I worked alongside my parents from a young age. I have chosen not to be a farmer, but I have a deep appreciation for the work farmers do. Being a member of Stearns Farm is a way of staying connected to farming even as I live in a suburban environment.