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Amy Cook
Amy Cook

Program Director

Amy manages the overall operations and educational activities of The Seed Farm's training program and market farm, and mentors the steward and enterprise farmers who cultivate plots on the incubator farm.

Amy came to The Seed Farm from northeastern Ohio, where she managed an organic vegetable farm and trained apprentices for three years. Prior to that, she worked on farms in eastern Massachusetts, advised farmers on natural resource issues as a conservation planner in central Massachusetts, and worked as the outreach coordinator and an instructor for the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, a beginning farmer training non-profit organization.

Amy served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chad and Madagascar, earned a B.A. in Biology from Brown University, and an M.Sc. in Agronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her favorite vegetable is the "Yummy" sweet pepper, and her favorite farm work is harvesting bunches of herbs. Amy loves skiing, biking, and backpacking, and she makes a mean minestrone soup.

Amy can be reached via email at amy_cook@theseedfarm.org.

 

Brooke Kohler
Brooke Kohler

Development Director

As Development Director, Brooke is passionate about cultivating community and the local food economy through sustainable farming initiatives. Brooke works on a variety of projects geared towards increasing awareness of The Seed Farm, including donor relations, grant research and writing, and event organization.

Brooke is an active member of the Lehigh Valley Food Policy Council, with a specific concentration in food waste and recovery. Prior to The Seed Farm, Brooke assisted with organizational development as program coordinator at the Nurture Nature Center, a science-based community center focused on local environmental issues. Brooke was a staff member of Buy Fresh Buy Local, where she assisted in research projects and grant programming to help support the Lehigh Valley local foods movement. Brooke also has some personal farming experience - she worked with TSF new farmer training graduate Sarah Edmonds at LaFarm: the Lafayette College Community Garden and Working Farm. She earned a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from Lafayette College and an M.A. in Environmental Policy Design from Lehigh University.

In her spare time, Brooke loves to teach yoga, spend time outdoors, and stand up paddle board. She resides in Easton, where she loves to walk around and eat her way through the city.

Brooke can be reached via email at brooke_kohler@theseedfarm.org.

 

Lindsey Parks
Lindsey Parks

Executive Director

As Executive Director of The Seed Farm, Lindsey feels fortunate that she can combine her business background with her passion for sustainability and local agriculture. Her primary goal is to ensure that new farmers have the support and resources that they need to become successful business owners so that they can continue to grow the Lehigh Valley's local food economy.

Prior to joining the Seed Farm, Lindsey started Local Provender, a small business that connected small, sustainable farms with local chefs and grocers. She also worked with Buy Fresh Buy Local as their Farm to Restaurant Program Coordinator.  Prior to that, she was a founding member of Seven Generations Charter School in Emmaus, founded Lehigh Valley Natural Living Co-ops, and worked on the Food and Water Watch Farm Bill campaign. She earned a B.A. in Economics from Washington and Lee University.

In her free time, Lindsey enjoys gardening, experimenting with new recipes, and playing classical piano. She lives in Emmaus with her three children.

Lindsey can be reached via email at lindsey_parks@theseedfarm.org.

 

Eli Stogsdill
Eli Stogsdill

Production Manager

Eli grows food, flowers and herbs at The Seed Farm. He works to manage the 42-acre farmscape to support food production, soil health, pollinator habitat, and water quality. Eli maintains the equipment and infrastructure at The Seed Farm so it can function as a working farm, a hands-on classroom, a direct source of fresh produce (on-site farm stand coming soon!) and an enjoyable place to visit.

Prior to joining The Seed Farm, Eli worked in Philadelphia, where he cared for the forest, fields, ponds, streams, gardens and trails of the 350-acre Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, working to ensure safe access for its users and visitors, while supporting the ecological integrity of its living communities.

Eli has worked with plants and people throughout his life; as a grassland researcher, sheep-herder, gardener, seedsman, handyman, and educator. He has a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Kansas, and he continues to study environments alongside people of all ages and abilities; working and learning outside together.

Farm-to-Table DinnerJuly 5th, 2017

 Our 7th annual Farm-to-Table Dinner will be held on Sunday, October 8, 2017.   Dinner will be prepared by Chef Jon Middleton of Sodexo and Chef Josh Palmer of Sette Luna, Maxim's

The Seed Farm StandJune 16th, 2017

Now Open! A farm stand for new farmers A delicious, convenient new way to connect new farmers with the community. Stay in the loop with The Seed Farm's new farm stand! In this Facebook group you

CSA Workshare ProgramJune 6th, 2017

Announcing The Seed Farm's new CSA Workshare Program Join our team in 2017 by taking part in the CSA Workshare Program! In exchange for working 3 hours per week between June and October, you will ear

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