Here are some of the 25 Sustainable Food and Farming students who graduated in the spring of 2016. We will miss them!
Look below for contact information for several hundred of our alumni! AND… if you are an alum of the program, please join us on Linked-In!
Below are some links to a few of the women and men who have graduated in the recent past. If you know of any other former students who have either taken classes with John Gerber or received a degree in Sustainable Food and Farming or a related field at UMass, please let us know in the Comments box below.
UMass Sustainable Food and Farming Alumni (in no particular order)
Robert Skalbite manages Skalbite Family Farms in Monson, MA, works as the Assistant Farm Superintendent at the UMass Hadley Farm, and teaches a class for the Stockbridge School of Agriculture.
Mariam Taleb was accepted into the Pennsylvania State University graduate program in entomology and received a fellowship to work on an IPM in Nepal, Bangladesh, and Brazil.
Lila Knowlton-Grallert is studying food animal medicine at UPenn School of Veterinary Medicine.
Heather Mojer lives in Somerville, Mass. and is co-owner of two popular restaurants in Cambridge: State Park and Mamaleh’s. Both businesses constantly evolve their practices in favor of sustainability.
Caitlin Keeney is owner and manager of Plough in the Stars Farm in Ipswich, MA.
Andrew Kapinos is now working on Masters’ program in Agroecology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Hannah Helfner is working at Green String Institute which is part of Green String Farm in Petaluma CA.
Rachel Moriarty is working for the Schumacher Center for a New Economics in Great Barrington, MA.
Jeff Intinarelli is working in a sustainable restaurant in Philadelphia, PA.
Max Traunstein is working at the Kitchen Garden Farm in Sunderland, MA.
Mike Vilcans is living in Carlisle, MA and self-employed.
Colter Johnson is working as ranch hand and hunting guide at Live Oak Ranch in Uvalde, TX.
Wilmot Lewis is developing a greenhouse vegetable project in Hadley, MA.
Bryana Malloy works at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY.
Duncan Fuchise is serving with Americorps St Louis in St Louis, MO working on disaster response and public land management and conservation.
John Slavkovsky is a supervisor at the technical support desk in the UMass Library Learning Commons
Ian Back is a spiritual farmer at the UMass Spiritual Ecology and Regenerative Systems Project in Amherst, MA.
Jen Grue is teaching about medical marijuana throughout Massachusetts. Heard a rumor she is living back in western Mass!
Kailey Burke is working on a greenhouse and aquculture project in Newburyport, MA.
Scarlett Plante is now working at Picadilly Farm in southern New Hampshire.
Kyle Vahjen is a relocation specialist in Danbury, CT
Ellie Figueroa-Starr is teaching at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School in South Hadley, MA.
Breanna Murphy is continuing her education and studying to be an Ayurvedic doctor at the California College of Ayurveda.
Anna Gibson is Sales Manager at Vivint Solar in Chicopee.
Liz Garofalo is a grad student and research assistant in the Specialty Fruit Crop program at UMass.
Kat Selberg is sailing.
Derek Silva is a research technician for an environmental firm in Cambridge, MA.
Ruth Bruno is a professional dancer in MAK Dance Company in Brooklyn, NY.
Elisheva Neffinger is attending graduate school at the University of Bridgeport.
Amanda Blomberg is working on a degree at Roxbury Community College and is the Manager at Weymouth, MA Food Pantry.
Natan Theise is living in Amherst and working at the Henion Bakery.
Val Stone is working at Tangerini’s Spring Street Farm in Mills, MA.
Margot Wise is farm manager at La Finca, Nuestras Raices, Holyoke, MA.
Jacob Harness is now living in Vineyard Haven, MA.
Steven Cognac is at the Midwest Biodiversity Institute working as a Wetland Field Technician on the National Wetland Condition Assessment.
Rebecca Larris is in Chiropratic School on the west coast.
Aimee Wood is teaching 3rd and 4th grade at Aspen Community School in Woody Creek, CO.
Nell Finnigan is owner of Ironwood Farm, a horse-powered farm in Albion, ME.
Morgan Dugan is back on Nantucket.
Liana Sweeney is Office Manager at Threefold Integrative Medicine in El Sobrante, CA.
Paige McFarland is working for the Landscaping Department at UMass.
Thayer Dugan is a shopkeeper at ETSY and working for a shop on Nantucket.
Frank Dixon is a Web Developer in Farmington, CT.
Alexandra Whaley is Director of Admissions at Su Escuela Language Academy in North Hingham, MA
Mike Gula is working at the bakery in Whole Foods Market in Hadley.
Becca Drew is working at Apex Orchard in Shelburne, MA.
Ariel Stimson is owner of Autumn Olive Herbs.
Julianne Scott is in medical school at the University of New England School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Corey Lynch is manager of Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability at Mount Holyoke College.
Dee Levanti is working at Ivory Silo Farm.
Kate Gervais is in graduate school at UMass.
Jonny Burgess is a chemist at Alpha Analytics in Westborough, MA.
Mel Riddle (formerly Shaw) is director of Fairfield C0mmunity Center, in Fairfield CT.
Emily Vail is working at Tart Baking Co. in Northampton, MA.
Sarah Berquist has joined the faculty of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture.
Elizabeth van der Els is working at the YMCA Camp in Woodstock, CT.
Tom Geras is working for the Eritrian Minstry of Agriculture co-managing the country’s first efforts to produce culinary and medicinal mushrooms
Andy Berg is Applications Analyst at the University of Massachusetts.
Ben Sprague is Field Energy Consultant with Solar City and looking to start his own farm soon.
Ben Shields started his own farm, In Good Heart Farm, in Clayton, NC.
Carmella Guiol is in graduate school at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Andrew Rebello is working for a concrete company and helping to a new ecovillage get started in farming.
Clarence Dow is still playing cello and the owner of a new business, Brave Noble Heart Productions. He is coaching in Santa Monica, CA.
Laura Dinwiddie is farming at Earthwater Farmstead in Cherokee, NC.
Coree Macomber is teaching school in Los Angeles, CA.
Emma Tobin is studying at the California School of Herbal Studies in Forestville, CA.
Liam Sullivan is the farm manager at Northfield Mt. Hermon School.
Gwendolyn Bird is teaching school in Adams, MA.
Ian Rothman a owner of Olmstead restaurant and farming in New York City.
James Highsmith is general manager of Brooklyn Boulders
Jennifer Kehoe works at Rural Cap in Anchorage, Alaska.
Justin Cifello is the Field Manager at Bay End Farm in Buzzards Bay, MA.
Tom Trepanier is Farm Manager at Nuestras Raices in Holyoke, MA
Brian Eaton is working at the Kitchen Garden in Sunderland, MA
Moshe Arazi is living and working in Jerusalem, Israel.
Nathan Aldrich is working at Small Ones Farm in South Amherst.
Patrick Seaman is living in Katmandu, Nepal.
Seth Mansur is teaching the 6th grade and has started his own internet business in Grafton, MA.
Devon Landis is working as a clam digger and repairing small boats in Gloucester, MA
Julie Viera is working as an administrative assistant in NY City.
Dan Finkelstein is working as Farm Manager at Helsing Junction Farm in Rochester, WA.
Jason Silverman is working with the UMass Student Farm.
Adie Newbold is working in Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Tany Blaski (formerly Horgan) is Development Coordinator for the ASEP Afterschool Enrichment Program in San Francisco, CA.
Rose Boyko works at Center for Education Policy Advocacy (CEPA) and is farming at The Kitchen Garden in Sunderland, MA.
Lauren Crigler works at the High Horse, in Amherst, MA.
Liz Altieri is teaching Yoga in Boston as well as working at a farm-based preschool.
Steve Zych is working on a ranch in Colorado.
Ashley Barrett teaches Zumba at Life Works Studio in Great Barrington, MA.
Megan Whiteford is Harvest Leader at Moloa’a Organica’a Farm in Kapaa, Hawaii.
Max Carbone is working as Head Animal Inspector for the town of Mendon, MA
Brooke Dillon is living in Greenfield, MA.
Astrid O’Conner is working at Alprilla Farm in Essex, MA.
Eric Wheeler is living in Melbourne, Australia and plans to travel through Asia before returning to Massachusetts.
Katie Houghton is working at Morning Glory Farm.
Dr. Maggie Luther is a Naturopathic Doctor and Transformational Health Coach helping women and families heal their body’s.