NY Farms! Contacts

Mary Jeanne Packer , Executive Director.

Eugene Pierce , President & Treasurer (2010), is the Founder and COO of Glenora Wine Cellars, and the Inn at Glenora and Veraisons Restaurant, Dundee, NY.; and also is the President/partner and COO of Knapp Vineyards Winery and Restaurant, Romulus, NY. He is past-president of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. He is past chair of the NY Wine and Grape Foundation and sits on a number of boards including the Yates, Schuyler and Seneca County Chambers of Commerce, and is the current board chair of the 14 county Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance. He participates in the Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty program.

Karen Wadsworth , Vice President (2011), is currently a private consultant, focusing on farm to school and food system education. Karen served for three years as Senior Manager, Educational Initiatives at Food Change in NY City. Prior to that she was Director of Programming at Nutrition Education Resources Project/ Earth Friends and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the LIFE (Linking Food and the Environment) program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Karen was an adjunct professor at NY University Department of Nutrition and Food Studies. Prior to coming to NYC, Karen was Director of Mercy House, a shelter for homeless women and children in Albany, NY. Karen currently serves on the NY State Farm to School Committee and is committed to educating the public about food, farming & the importance of supporting local food systems.

Aley Kent , Secretary (2012), is senior field coordinator with Heifer International. In several communities of New York State she facilitates farmer groups to lead local efforts, including the creation of training networks for grass-based farmers, improving access to appropriate processing options, and forging direct marketing strategies. She also works in urban centers to boost access to local food and raise awareness about regional farm issues. Prior to her time at Heifer, Aley coordinated East New York Farms, and ran urban agriculture and marketing programs with Cornell Cooperative Extension in several communities of New York City. She went to Cornell University where she co-managed the student-run organic farm and CSA. She brings an understanding of the global food economy, as well as a familiarity with innovative and traditional farming practices to her work on the local scale.

Betsey Bacelli , Director (2011), is the food service director for Owego-Apalachin School District and Whitney Point Central School District. She is active in the NYSSFSA which was a founding participant of NY Farms! Along with Ray Denniston she co-chaired the NYSSFSA NY Farms! task force.

Sherry Alpern , Director (2011), has been a consultant to NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets on studies to develop a Wholesale Farmers’ Market in New York City. She has been director of the NYC Watershed Council of The City Club Of New York where she specialized in the relationship of water supply and agricultural issues. Sherry has been an environmental consultant, director of Recycling and Public Information for the NYC Department of Sanitation, director of Environmental Action Coalition, and director of environmental health planning for the Health Systems Agency of NY.

Founding Members and Others Who Have Served:
James Barber (Barber’s Farm)
Shana Berger (Just Food)
Carolyn Bivans (Eat Well Play Hard)
Alison Clarke (NYS Small Scale Food Processors Association)
Bruce Croucher (NYS Grange)
Tom Davenport (National Grape Cooperative)
Anna Dawson (Hometown Foods)
Ray Denniston ( New York State School Food Service Association)
Jane Desotelle (Adirondack Farmers Market Cooperative)
Dan Donahue (NYS Horticultural Society)
Dave Evans (Nelson Farms/ Morrisville State College)
Judy Essex (CCE Sullivan County)
Judy “Joanna” Green (Cornell University Small Farms Program)
Norman Greig (Greig Farms)
Elizabeth Henderson (NOFA NY)
Amy Holt (Western NY Land Conservancy)
Allen Katz (Slow Food)
Nancy Lorraine Hoffman (NY State Senate)
Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman (Cornell University Community Food and Agriculture Program)
Kathy Lawrence (National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture)
Jim Moore
Glenda Neff (Past Executive Director)
Francine Stephens (Mothers and Others For a Liveable Planet)
Kate Walker (Foodlink)
Bob Weybright (CCE Dutchess County)
Phil Yacuk (Past Interim Director)