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Year-Round Staff

Head Farm Crew at Waltham Fields Community Farm 2018 Board of Directors

  • Marni Caputo, President
  • Meg Ramsdell, Vice President
  • Moshe Weitzman, Treasurer
  • Reva Haselkorn, Secretary
  • Aaron Askanase
  • Lucinda Brandt
  • Jessie Dow
  • Tim Martin
  • Colleen McKiernan
  • Larisa Pazmino
  • John Tracy
  • Chetan Vidhate
  • Chris Yoder

2018 Board Slate and Bios

New and returning Board Members who were voted in by our membership at our Harvest Potluck/Annual Meeting, held on Thursday, November 9th, 2017.

OFFICERS

Marni Goldstein Caputo, President teaches at the Boston University School of Law. Marni is the mother of three children who also love the farm. She is a long-term vegetarian and her family has been devouring every last drop of WFCF's farm share since 2004. She especially enjoys the time her family spends at the farm every summer and fall “picking vegetables, meeting friends, and soaking in the beautiful scenery“ and is proud to be a WFCF Board member.

Meg Ramsdell, Vice President, first joined WFCF in 2010. In addition to enjoying the bounty of their winter share, she and her family take part in as many farm activities as they can, including the new summer evening picnics, the spring seedling sales, and the Ride for Food. She is a program coordinator for Cambridge School Volunteers and lives in Cambridge with her husband and children.

Moshe Weitzman, Treasurer, has been a CSA shareholder since 2008. He particularly enjoys strawberries, raspberries, husk cherries, and Brussel sprouts. Between meals, Moshe freelances as a web developer on the Drupal content management system.

Reva Haselkorn, Secretary, started cooking at an early age, helping her mother in the kitchen. Reva graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts as the Valedictorian of her class in the Spring of 2012. Before studying at Le Cordon Bleu she earned a Bachelor degree at Princeton University from the School of Architecture and spent time teaching English and backpacking in South America.

NEW
Colleen McKiernan is a biologist by training and now works in the patent group at a medium-sized biotech company in Cambridge. Food and feeding people have always been an important part of Colleen’s life. One of the most important things that she learned in college from living in a house with a dining co-op was how to make use of the leftovers from meals that others prepared. The skill has served her well since joining WFCF in 2008 as she has learned to make use of the amazing abundance of vegetables that she gets in her share.

Tim Martin works as a consultant with Huron Consulting Group in Boston where he specializes in assisting financially distressed companies and investigating the alleged fraudulent activity.  Tim moved to Waltham in 2008 and he and his wife Kelly have been WFCF members and shareholder since.  Their two daughters are developing an appreciation for the workings of the farm and can often be found picking their share of cherry tomatoes in the field.  Tim is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Chetan Vidhate works at Dassault Systemes and is the team leader for Dassault’s volunteer program with the farm. He grew up on a farm in Nashik (near Mumbai), India and is very involved with the Marathi community organization here in New England area as well as local acton-based communities. He is an avid gardener. He lived in Waltham for many years but has recently moved to Acton with his wife and two children.

John Tracy works in data strategy and operations at Athenahealth. He grew up in upstate New York in an active farming community that fed his passion for food and the places that grow it. He is a graduate of Bentley, falling in love with Waltham as a student, and moving back with his wife in 2014. A relatively new member of the farm, he is excited to be able to lend another set of hands to the mission of WFCF.

RETURNING/RENEW
Aaron Askanase lives in Waltham with his wife and two daughters. He works at Jewish Family & Children’s Service doing Property Management for the residential program for people with disabilities. He keeps switching hobbies and currently divides his minute spare time between hand-tool woodworking, model railroading, home repair, and sewing. He is very committed to creating a sustainable future for his kids and has been involved with CSAs since 2000 when he was a member of Chris Yoder's farm, Vanguarden.

Lucinda Brandt lives in Arlington with her husband and has been a shareholder since 2004. She retired in 2014 from a 33-year career working for the Commonwealth in health care and social service finance and hopes to continue to diversify the ways she can contribute to the mission of WFCF. When not trying to figure out how to prepare/preserve the bounty of the harvest, she enjoys traveling and participating in the area's Scottish/Cape Breton traditional music/dance community.

Jessie Dow lives in Waltham, walking distance of the farm, and is sometimes seen biking to the farm with her family.  She is a scientist at a large pharmaceutical company and has been studying obesity and its negative health effects for more than 10 years.  Jessie is passionate about helping prevent obesity and its complications both pharmaceutically and holistically by promoting healthy eating and access to healthy food for all.  She is an active member of the farm, participating annually in the Sprout Fundraiser and has been a WFCF member and shareholder since 2009.

Larisa Pazmino is a long-time WFCF member who has been involved with CSAs since her days as a member of the Intervale in Burlington, Vermont. She is a professional grant writer and fundraiser who currently works as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Wheelock College. She lives in Newton with her husband, David, who is an associate professor at Newbury College in the culinary program. They have two boys - Oliver, age 14, and Eli, age 7 - who love the farm and have been involved in the education program. Oliver is currently working with the youth on Saturday mornings. Her favorite place in the world is Vermont, and the family spends time there every summer.

Chris Yoder has been farming locally for over 15 years and has been on the WFCF Board since 2000.  His motivation for being on the board stems from a desire to be part of a movement to revive farming in the Northeast. Chris is very interested in seeing that the farm is run effectively and efficiently so that the charitable output is maximized, and so that volunteers, visitors, apprentices, and school groups get a truly educational experience on a working farm. He believes this is an important basis for any contribution WFCF makes to the preservation of farms.