Meet the Farm Staff
Brittany is passionate about local food, particularly vegetables. She grew up visiting her great-grandmother's dairy farm in the summer and fall, collecting apples, pressing cider and going out to pasture to search for mothers and newborn calves. The rest of her family had small vegetable gardens and gave her the freedom to plant (but mostly harvest) vegetables for salads. This instilled a deep passion for farms which she did not realize until she took a seminar called "Eating and the Environment" in college.
Brittany began farming at MCF in the spring of 2010. Since then the farm has grown from a bare field, to a small garden plot and farm stand to it's current state with more than 200 CSA members.
She has worked at organic farms in British Columbia, Canada and in Upstate New York and has a BA in Environmental Studies from Northeastern University.
This is her dream job. In a world with so many doubts and questions Brittany feels blessed with the certainty of the beauty, joy, benefits and satisfaction that come from growing organic vegetables. She looks forward to quiet evenings pulling weeds, happy harvests, and occasionally sneaking down to the Cape for a dip in the ocean!
Jeanne and her family have lived in Medway for 13 years. Jeanne is an avid gardener with both vegetable and flower gardens throughout her yard. She has supported local farms for many years and was excited to volunteer at Medway community farm for the past two seasons. Jeanne and her family helped with many aspect of the farm from planting to fundraising and have enjoyed it all. The farm has become a part of her family’s life and has taught her children not only about local, healthy food, but also about community, open space, and responsibility to nurture the open shared space that we have in Medway.
Jeanne was a program director for a non-profit agency for ten years. She has been a stay at home mom for many years and has volunteered throughout Medway. Jeanne has a degree in elementary education from the University of Massachusetts.
Nate Hamilton brings his background in real estate accounting to his role as treasurer. Nate has over 10 years of accounting experience and has performed a wide range of financial reporting functions for commercial real estate properties located throughout New England.
Nate is a graduate of Fairfield University and holds a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional designation through the US Green Building Council.
Deborah and her family are Medway residents, with a passion for camping, the outdoors, and local agriculture. For three years they were members of the CSA at Powisset Farm, in Dover, and they look forward to experiencing vegetables with MCF and its community.
Deborah is the head of InterpWorks, a consulting company that assists small non-profits with their education and interpretation services. She currently works part-time as Administrator for White Oak Land Conservation Society, based in Holden, MA, and full-time as a mom to two young girls, both in the Medway school system. In the past, Deborah has held museum and resource management positions with The Trustees of Reservations, the U.S. Forest Service, and the National Park Service, and did student teaching in the public schools in Clifden, Ireland. Deborah has volunteered with 4-H, the Millis Historical Commission, the Franklin Historical Museum, the National Association for Interpretation, and as Grant Reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education.
Deborah holds a Bachelor's degree in History from Vassar College and a Master's degree in American History and Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Delaware, with additional graduate coursework in Resource Interpretation from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Dr. George Vella, currently serves as the Director of Research and Strategic Planning for Charley’s Fund Inc, a public not-for profit organization focused on developing a therapy or cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Dr. Vella has extensive business experience with over 20 years in the life sciences industry and has held several senior executive positions during that time. Prior to joining Charley’s Fund Inc. he was Vice President of Research and Development at BioProcessors Corp., a start up biotechnology company. Before joining BioProcessors, he held positions as a Scientific Fellow, a Divisional Vice President of Science and Technology and a Senior Director of Worldwide Scientific Operations during his six year tenure at Applied Biosystems, a Division of Applera Corporation. He joined Applied Biosystems from PerSeptive Biosystems where he served as Vice President of Chemical R&D and later became Vice President of Technical Affairs. Prior to PerSeptive, Dr. Vella worked at Millipore and Waters in various senior managerial positions. As an academic his experience included being a lecturer of organic chemistry at Loyola College in Montreal, Canada.
Dr. Vella received his PhD in Bio-Organic Chemistry from McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada and was a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Biochemistry Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He later became a medical research staff member in the Cardiovascular Research Focus Group at the same institution.
Allyson and her husband have been Medway resident since 2001, and were introduced to the CSA model by Tangerini Farm in Millis Massachusetts. Upon learning about the Medway Community Farm and the farm’s vision, Allyson was eager to become involved with a farm in her own community. Over the past 4 years she has been active as a volunteer, a CSA shareholder, and Board member. Growing up in Maine, Allyson’s family had a vegetable garden and animals such as cows, goats, chickens, geese, dogs, and a cat. She understands the hard work and dedication that goes into a farm season and is delighted the Medway Community Farm is able to produce organic vegetables, and increase the knowledge base related to sustainable agriculture. Allyson graduated with a Bachelors degree in Anthropology from Wheaton College in Norton MA., and received her MSM from Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. She is currently employed by Partners Healthcare Systems Inc.
Heather Scott spearheaded the Medway Community Farm Initiative in 2007. In 2008, after receiving town support, she established the non-profit Medway Community Farm.
Prior to launching Medway Community Farm Heather served on the Board of Directors (2003-2005) and Advisory Board (2006-2010) at Natick Community Organic Farm, a non-profit community farm established in 1976. "The Farm" taught her the importance of a community farm and its place in a community - it is a remarkable land planning tool that promotes seven uses: protecting open space, providing local food, creating community, promoting outdoor classroom learning while providing employment and volunteer opportunites. As a result she made it her mission to bring the community farm experience to her town of Medway, Massachusetts.
Most recently, Heather was invited to present at the 2011 Southeastern Massachusetts Conference on the Community Preservation Act as part of a community garden and community farm panel.
Past speaking engagements include the 2009 Northeast Organic Farm Association -Massachusetts Summer Conference where she presented Tools Used to Start a Community Farm and the 2009 Northeast Organic Farm Association - Massachusetts Winter Conference where she presented: Organizing Medway Community Farm.
Previously, Heather worked for The Nature Conservancy. She is past voting member to the Medway Community Preservation Committee (2001-2003) and the Medway Open Space Committee (2000-2003).
Heather graduated from Susquehanna University. She majored in public relations and minored in biology. She resides in Medway with her husband, daughter and dog.
As a serial entrepreneur, Mark has founded and run organizations in both the non-profit and corporate sector. In 2003, he founded e-Volunteer, which connects teams of technical volunteers with non-profits in need of websites and other technoloy projects. As Executive Director, he grew the organization to over 40 volunteers that serviced a number of non-profits including the Social Innovation Forum, St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf, and The Elizabeth Peabody House.
Mark has also founded or held executive roles at a number of Internet and mobile start-ups.
Mark holds an MBA from MIT Sloan where he was awarded the Patrick McGovern Scholarship for his contribution to entreprenurship at MIT. Mark has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Mass High Tech, TechCrunch, and other publications for his entrepreneurial activities. Many of Mark's ventures have centured around leveraging social capital to instigate community development. He is excited to leverage this experience to instigate community farming in Medway. Mark is a resident of Swampscott.