Recent Graduates

Here 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)

Amanda Blomberg is Farmstand Manager at Landsakes Farm in Weston, MA.

Natan Theise is traveling in Europe after spending his last college semester in Israel.

Val Stone just graduated and is applying for jobs!

Margot Wise is Culinary Herbalist at Rainbow Natural Remedies in Seattle.

Jacob Harness is working at Florence Pizza.

Anna Gibson is an illustrator for the Physics Department at UMass.

Morgan Dugan is back on Nantucket.

Thayer Dugan is a shopkeeper at ETSY.

Becca Drew is working at Apex Orchard.

Ariel Stimson is owner of Autumn Olive Herbs and co-director of Growing for Good.

Emma Fitch is working at Pioneer Gardens in Deerfield, MA!

Liz LaBrocca is Project Development for Gravity Switch in Northampton, MA (the group that made the new Stockbridge webpage).

Meggie Stoltzman is managing a small farm and homestead  called Hermit Thrush Homestead near Brattleboro, VT.

Ben Hunsdorfer is working in Bhutan helping to coordinate the Organic Agriculture research and development program at the Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative.

Jenn Kehoe and Tikaan Galbreath were featured in this video on collecting herbs in Alaska

Alissa Williams is owner/operator of The Small Farm in Deerfield, MA

Mark Zamutto is Senior Career Advisor at Champlain College at Champlain College in Burlington, VT

Jeremy Fellows is working at the Yoga Forest in San Marcos, Guatemala

Becca Speert started her own health consulting business online called Health Roots.

Julianne Scott is in medical school at the University of New England School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Corey Lynch is attending graduate school at UMass in Environmental Conservation.

Dee Levanti is co-manager of Holly Hill Farm, Cohasset, MA.

Sam Billings is project manager at Treetops Permaculture in Stamford, CT.

Margot Wise is working at Rainbow Natural Remedies in Seattle, Wa.

Hannah Jacobson Hardy is Fundraising Event Coordinator at NOFA/Mass and still blogs on women farmers and other topics on Farming  for Justice.

Max Taylor got married and has started a new farming enterprise in Salem, Connecticut called Provider Farm.

Mel Riddle (formerly Shaw) is the Production Manager at Neighborhood Farm in Needham, MA and is applying to grad school.

Emily Vail is working at Crabapple Farm, in Cummington MA.

Benneth Phelps is Loan Outreach Coordinator at The Carrot Project, helping new farmers get started in New England.

Sarah Berquist is a graduate student at UMass working on a degree in Agricultural Education and is also teaching for the Stockbridge School of Agriculture.

Emily French started her own herb business, Sweetgrass Herbals.

Adam Dole works at White Oaks Farm in Belchertown, MA raising local grain.

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

Michael Keeney is the owner of Treefrogs Landscaping doing ecological design in the Pioneer Valley.

Will Savitri is  co-owner of Artisans Beverage Cooperative making Katylyst Kombucha and living in Greenfield, MA.

Alexandra Whaley is the enrollment coordinator at Su Escuela Language Academy in Hingham, MA.

Andy Berg is back in graduate school at UMass studying Plant and Soil Sciences.

Ben Sprague is Field Energy Consultant with Solar City and looking to start his own farm soon.

Tony Hall is Permaculture Vocational Teacher at Cutchins Program for Children and Families and is still making music.

Ben Shields started his own farm, In Good Heart Farm, in Clayton, NC.

Carmella Guiol is applying to graduate schools.

Andrew Rebello is working for a concrete company and helping to a new ecovillage get started in farming.

Kristen Avonti teaches herbalism workshops in the Pioneer Valley for Tree of Dreams as well as UMass.

Clarence Dow is still playing cello and the owner of a new business, Brave Noble Heart Productions. He is teaching Kindercare Learning Center in Salem, MA.

Laura Dinwiddie is farming at Hawk’s Flight Farm in Whitingham, VT and is a Kindergarden teacher at Gifft Hill School.

Coree Rachel is teaching school in Los Angeles, CA.

Emma Tobin is the Gardener at Beach Plum Inn in Menemsha, MA.

Danielle Connor is Communications Manager for Interactions Institute for Social Change in Boston.

Liam Sullivan is the farm manager at Northfield Mt. Hermon School.

Gwendolyn Bird is teaching school in Amherst, MA.

Helena Farrell works at Regenerative Design in Greenfield, MA teaches Urban Agriculture at UMass.

Ian Rothman a horticulturist for Atera in New York City.

James Highsmith is CEO and Founder of Watts Software Company in San Francisco, CA.

Allyson Angellini is starting a new farm of her own in Connecticut and blogging on her experience.

Jennifer Kehoe works at Rural Cap in Anchorage, Alaska.

Jeremy Topitzer runs a carpentry business and is homesteading in Colrain, MA.

Maria Topitzer manages Lyonsville Valley Farm in Colrain, MA.

Jessica Smith is a chef at Macro Mamas in Ithaca, NY.

Justin Cifello is the Field Manager at Bay End Farm in Buzzards Bay, MA.

Tom Trepanier is  Farm Site 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 the sustainability coordinator at UMass responsible for the Franklyn Permaculture Garden.

Patrick Seaman is living in Katmandu, Nepal.

Rose Parkington is pursuing a singing career with the Parkington Sisters and lives in Wellfleet, MA.

Ryan Karb is a self-employed farmer and founder of Many Hands Farm Corps in Amherst, MA.

Seth Mansur is teaching the 6th grade and has started his own internet business in Grafton, MA.

Cynthia Espinosa is Coordinator of the Keene Community Garden Project.

Devon Landis is working for the Food Project in Beverly, MA.

Julie Viera is working as an administrative assistant in NY City.

Dan Finkelstein is working at Old Friends Farm.

Keith Boyle is a Horticulture Teacher at Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School and President  of K.D.B. Cranberries.

Jason Silverman is working with the UMass Student Farm.

Al Kermond is Harvest & Wholesale Manager at Atlas Farm in Deerfield, MA.

Adie Newbold is working in Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Tany Horgan is Development Director for a firm in San Francisco, CA.

Andrea Colbert is working at Flour Bakery+Cafe in Boston, MA.

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.

Jordan Teboldi is a Riding Instructor/Trainer at Trum-Searah Farm.

Nora Seymour teaches at Verde Valley School in Sedora, AZ and continue her foraging blog.

Liz Altieri just got engaged and finished her yoga teaching training in Asheville, NC!

Steve Zych is working on a ranch in Colorado.

Ashley Barrett  teaches Zumba at Life Works Studio in Great Barrington, MA.

Megan Whiteford is working as a floral designer at Dirt Floral Design.

Max Carbone is moving to Hawaii to farm after graduation.

Brooke Dillon just graduated from UMass!

Astrid O’Conner  an apprentice at Moraine Farm Beverly, MA.

Eric Wheeler is teaching at the UMass Student Farming Enterprise.

Katie Houghton is working at Morning Glory Farm.

Mike Gula works at Sunset Farm in Amherst, MA.