Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire

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NOFA-NH Staff Members

Laura Angers
Office Assistant & Gleaning Coordinator

Laura started a more permanent role with NOFA-NH in January 2020 as our new Office Assistant, after serving as our Gleaning Coordinator in the fall of 2019. She comes to NOFA-NH with several years of experience in administrative support, customer service, digital marketing, retail (produce) sales, and event planning. Laura recently moved to the Capital area from the Upper Valley, and she also currently works for the Merrimack County Conservation District.

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Kathleen Dunn Jacobs
Finance Coordinator

Kathleen has been an artist, teacher, and non-profit/business owner and manager for over 29 years. She has a deep background in management, budget administration and marketing for both profit and non-profit organizations. Kathleen is currently the Marketing and Education Director for the Concord Center for the Visual Arts, Concord, MA, where she develops, promotes and manages arts educational programing. She teaches painting and drawing, both in the US and abroad. She is an artist, who has been painting the natural landscape for the past 25 years. Her graduate thesis work was entitled: Reconstructed Landscape Paintings: A Reconsideration of Nature In the Age of Climate Change. Because of the respect and concern she feels for the natural environment, she wants her artistic work to give proper bearing to their subject matter, nature. She is a graduate of Lesley College of Art and Design (MFA) and the University of MA, Amherst, (BFA). Kathleen lives with David Miller in Contoocook, NH, with their sixteen-year-old son, Evan. They own and operate Grounding Stone Farm, a pick-your-own, certified organic blueberry farm.

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Nikki Kolb
Operations Manager

Nikki is an organic farming and local food advocate with over 10 years of experience working with non-profits. She has a degree in writing and publishing, and a background in wildlife conservation, experiential education, and universal design. Nikki has worked with NOFA-NH since 2017 and previously held the positions of Office Administrator and Fundraising Coordinator. She lives and gardens in Epsom with her husband, son and dog, and is a co-founder of the blog and media brand Know Stone Unturned.

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Denise Rico
Bulk Order Coordinator

Denise Rico is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional. She holds degrees in Horticulture and Landscape Design. She has owned and operated a small landscape business in NH for over 20 years and has grown certified organic vegetables for market for 7 years. She currently lives on her farm on the banks of the Blackwater River in Contoocook, NH, where there are no stones in the soil.

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Monica Rico
Winter Conference Coordinator

Monica Rico is a farmer, printmaker, and mom of boys living and working at Wood Thrush Farm in Henniker, NH. She began her journey into the local food scene in 2010 when she left an office job to farm organic vegetables for market with her mom. Since then, as a grower and an eater and as the manager of a farmers market for eight seasons, she has developed a profound gratitude for the network of farmers, food makers, artists, and activists of her region. Monica has been Winter Conference Coordinator for NOFA-NH for five years, and her favorite part of the job is watching the meaningful connections that are born when so many vibrant humans come together with a common goal of bettering our food system. 

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NOFA-NH Board of Directors

Laura Hartz
President of the Board of Directors

Laura is an attorney at Orr & Reno, P.A., in Concord, NH, where she helps businesses and non-profits meet their legal requirements and goals.  She particularly enjoys working in environmental and energy law, land use, and business law.  She earned her JD from Vermont Law School; MS from Tufts University in the Agriculture, Food, and Environment Program; and BA from Hamilton College in Biology and English.  She and her husband live in Pittsfield.

Edith Pucci Couchman
Vice President of the Board of Directors

Edith Pucci Couchman has been teaching youngsters about both the visual arts and environmental science for over thirty years. She has participated in the Cooperative and Organic Food Movements since the ‘70's because she believes that these are both key for creating beautiful, just, and ecologically-sound human lifeways. She was named NOFA-NH’s Volunteer of the Year for 2012, Hillsborough County Conservation District’s Conservation Teacher of the Year in 2014, and received the 2017 NH Excellence in S.T.E.M. Teaching Award (elementary school level) from the New Hampshire Society of Professional Engineers. Edith is active in the Greater Nashua Food Council and the NH School and Youth Gardening Network. Her articles have been published in the Canadian environmental magazine GreenTeacher.com and she edits the teaching website evolvingbeauty.org.

John Martin
Secretary of the Board of Directors

John moved to a small wood lot in the Monadnock region from NOFA-RI in 2013 and joined the NOFA-NH board as the secretary in 2015. 

Steve Forde
Treasurer of the Board of Directors

After a career spanning more than 35 years as an electrical and computer engineer and certified project management professional, Steve, and his wife Dawn, settled in Henniker, NH, to sow the seeds for their retirement. In 2014, they started Hop N Hen Farm, a small-scale, solar-powered family farm where they produce a wide variety of certified organic fruits and vegetables, rotationally-pastured and organically-fed poultry for meat and eggs, as well as honey, jams and jellies, using only sustainable and humane agricultural practices. Steve believes that healthy foods depend on healthy soils and is a firm believer in the importance of vibrant and robust local food systems. He has been a member of NOFA since 2011.

 

Steve has a long history of volunteer service and leadership with a number of organizations, including the Central Massachusetts Chapter Project Management Institute, Mohegan Council Boy Scouts of America, and Appalachian Mountain Club. He is currently a member of the Small and Beginner Farmers of New Hampshire and the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association.

 

Steve joined the NOFA-NH Board of Directors in 2017 and currently oversees the Finance and Quality Committees.

Karl Johnson
Member of the Board of Directors

Karl grew up in a southern New Hampshire farming community and went on to a 50-year career in marketing and advertising. He recently retired as Marketing Director for Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs but is still active in helping the company keep in touch with it’s contract farmers and consumers. Karl is passionate about keeping small family-owned farms alive and thriving in New Hampshire.

Colleen O'Brien
Member of the Board of Directors

Colleen works for a national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and advocating for organic food and farming, and she specializes in policy and regulations for organic crop and livestock production. She has a long career dedicated to organic certification, agriculture policy, and environmental education. While she is a NH native, Colleen has worked with farmers throughout Central and South America, the Pacific Northwest, and across New England. She earned her BS from UNH; and MS from Tufts University in the Agriculture, Food, and Environment program. She lives in southern NH with her husband and son.

Board Committees
 
NOFA-NH has six Board Committees made up of board members and volunteers:
Finance - Chair: Steve Forde, Member: Ron Christie, Kathleen Jacobs
Fundraising - Chair: Nikki Kolb, Members: Edith Couchman, Karl Johnson
Governance - Chair: Karl Johnson
Outreach & Education - Chair: Phillip Browne, Members: Amy Antonucci, Edith Couchman, Aniket Gurav, Nida Khan
Policy - Chair: Sarah Laeng-Gilliatt, Members: John Martin, Julie Davenson, Gene Jonas
Quality - Chair: Laura Hartz, Member: Steve Forde 
We're always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our committees! Please email info@nofanh.org with your interest, and to learn more.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday

1:00 - 5:00 pm

 

Main Phone & Email

(603) 224-5022

info@nofanh.org

 

Office Staff

Laura Angers

Office Assistant & Gleaning Coordinator

info@nofanh.org

Kathleen Dunn Jacobs

Finance Coordinator

finance@nofanh.org

Nikki Kolb

Operations Manager

nikki@nofanh.org

Denise Rico

Bulk Order Coordinator

bulkorder@nofanh.org

Monica Rico

Winter Conference Coordinator

winterconference@nofanh.org

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Northeast Organic Farming Association of NH (NOFA-NH)

84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH 03301

(603) 224-5022    info@nofanh.org

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