Bruce Coldham, President
Bruce is an architect whose firm, Coldham & Hartman Architects is located in Amherst. He graduated B.Arch in 1969 from University of Melbourne, completed the M.E.D. program at the Yale University School of Architecture in 1985, and since 1989 has been producing resource efficient, high performing buildings. Bruce was a member of the Town of Amherst Planning Board for seven years from 1995 and was the co-founding chair of the Town’s Comprehensive Planning Committee. In the early 1990’s he and others created the Pine Street Cohousing Community that abuts the NACF land, and is where he and his wife Mary Sayer still live.
Penny Pekow, Treasurer
Penny Pekow is research faculty in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and Senior Biostatistician in the Center for Quality of Care Research at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA.
Claude Tellier, Assistant Treasurer
Claude is a retired financial analyst from the Canadian government. He moved to Amherst in 1997 and married Ruth Hazzard in 1998. He’s been active since in many nonprofit as board member, treasurer and other functions; with Sunray Meditation Society, Temenos Retreat Center, and the Mass-Cambodia Water Project. He has taught conflict resolution in CCI and AVP and serve on Amherst’s town committee on Affordable Housing and Community Development. He attends Mt Toby Friends Meeting and Hopping Tree Sangha.
David Kastor, Clerk
David Kastor is a faculty member in the UMASS Physics Department. As well as carrying out research on Einstein’s theory of general relativity, David has taught courses on energy issues and weather, and served as advisor for students focused on sustainability in the BDIC Program. He has served on the Amherst Planning Board and is also a past co-president of NACF.
Patricia Holland, Board Member
Patricia Holland is retired from her career as an editor of historical papers, including those of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the Jones Library, Amherst’s library system. She loves writing about the history of North Amherst.
Ruth Hazzard, Board Member
Ruth Hazzard is a retired educator from UMass Extension where she served as Vegetable Extension Program leader and worked with vegetable farmers across the state for many years. She served as chair of the Amherst Agricultural Commission for five years, was a founding member of the NACF board, and initiated the UMass Student Farm in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture. She is a close neighbor to NACF and the farm families of Simple Gifts Farm, and raises berries, asparagus, flowers, and those rare vegetables that are not included in Simple Gifts’ year-round offerings.
Ted White, Board Member
Ted White, has served on the NACF board of directors for 5 years. He is a geographer and documentary filmmaker who teaches film production at Keene State College and geography courses at UMass, Amherst. His current research, funded by the National Science Foundation, looks at Community Supported Agriculture as an economic model that may have the potential to transform businesses practices and business ethics in sectors beyond agriculture. His award-winning documentary films have been broadcast on PBS and have been screened widely. Subjects investigated in White’s films include: bicycling as a sustainable transport option and various aspects of urban sustainability and public participation. White’s website is: www.tedwhitegreenlight.com
Barbara Partee, Board Member
Barbara got her BA in math from Swarthmore in 1961, PhD in Linguistics from MIT in 1965. She taught at UCLA from 1965 to 1972, then moved to Amherst to join the fledgling Linguistics Department at UMass, where she’s happily been ever since (an active emerita since 2004.) As a homeowner on Hobart Lane since 1978, she’s delighted to have the NACF land so nearby, and has been an NACF and SGF supporter from the beginning, though she only joined the Board in Fall 2014, when she and her husband finally stopped spending half of every year in Russia and settled down here year round.
John Gerber, Board Member
John Gerber is Program Coordinator for the Sustainable Food and Farming program in the UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture. He lives near the farm and has sponsored many educational events over the years.
Past Board Members (partial listing)
Laura Fitch is a principal with Kraus-Fitch Architects, Inc. in Amherst, Massachusetts and a 17-year resident of Pioneer Valley Cohousing in North Amherst. Laura specializes in energy-efficient building design for homes and communities. She lends her architectural expertise to assessing farm buildings and is a consultant to the Massachusetts Farm Bureau’s Farm Viability Program. Laura is also a board member of the Cohousing Association of US (CohoUS). She raises pigs, chicken, and lamb as a hobby and is a dedicated “locavore”!
Don has a long history of community work in the Pioneer Valley, including currently with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Hampshire County. He is an accomplished musician and singer-songwriter. Don is a past NACF co-president.
Carl is a professional planner, master gardener and a past president of NACF.
Rob Kusner is a mathematics professor at the University of Massachusetts, a former member of the Amherst Select Board, and current chair of the Norwottuck Rail Trail Advisory Committee for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation. He’s been a long-time advocate for (and implementer of) environmentally friendly transportation and sustainable agriculture & sylvaculture. Rob is a past co-president of NACF.
Evan Shopper is a therapist in private practice. He has served on the Puffer’s Pond 2020 Committee which made recommendations for the use, restoration, beautification, and preservation of Puffer’s Pond and surrounding areas in North Amherst. The committee also studied various aspects of the pond itself, such as its capacity to meet conservation and recreation demands, ecological impacts from overuse, and water quality issues.