Our team

JEANNETTE MCGINN, DIRECTOR & PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD

Jeanette supports NFCF’s herbalist and farmer in the fields and teaches farm-based education programs. She is also employed by MA Audubon, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary as an environmental educator and homeschool program leader. Jeannette is a Principal Master Gardener, and a Peabody Park Commissioner. .Jeannette holds an M.S. in Ecological Teaching and Learning from Lesley University.

When not at the farm, Jeannette loves to spend time outdoors, cook new dishes with fresh produce and herbs, explore on long walks with her dog Milo, and finds joy in the time she gets to spend with family and friends.  But most of all she is continuously inspired by the enthusiasm and love our volunteers have for the farm and each other.

REBECCA INGALLS, HERBALIST

Rebecca is the herbalist and perennial grower at Newhall Fields. She designed and led installation of the Herb Garden in 2018 and remains its curator and lead cultivator, holding workshops and overseeing the  herb garden volunteer program each season. Rebecca’s approach is holistic, moving within an ecological web which strengthens diversity and resilience. She is dedicated in her work as an herbalist and educator to cultivating beneficial and enduring relationships with the green world around us and to the alleviation of suffering. Rebecca is the owner and founder of Swampscott Counseling and Palmer Pond Botanicals in Swampscott, Ma.

HAZEL KIEFER, FARMER

Hazel is the lead farmer for Newhall Fields Community Farm. She has a passion for growing food and a deep appreciation for the power of community collaboration. She began farming as a teenager in Concord, MA, and has farmed throughout New England for over ten years. She has worked in small-scale dairy operations, berry farms, and many diversified vegetable operations. Most recently, she was the manager of Urban Agriculture for The Food Project North Shore. Hazel holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, and is a certificate holder from the Tufts New Entry Sustainable Farming Project Farm Business Planning Class.

Years of working with many different experienced growers inform her commitment to sustainability, natural systems farming and no-till, low-impact growing. Hazel cannot wait to learn, collaborate and grow with the Peabody community! When she’s not at the farm, you can find her walking in Lynn woods with her partner and dogs, playing music with friends, and finding new ways to enjoy raw garlic.

EMILY COOPER, COMMUNITY OUTREACH & SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR

After moving to Peabody with her husband Evan in the summer of 2018, Emily started making local acquaintances including kindred spirits, Jacqui and Jeannette. Invited to attend the meetings, Emily started volunteering with Newhall Field Community Farms after becoming enchanted by the wonderful people, beautiful landscape, bountiful harvest, and community-minded, philanthropic work done at the farm. A poet, musician, Rotarian, community activist, and artist, Emily designed the NFCF logo in partnership with farm leadership and penned several poems about this place which so touches her heart. She helped bring a non-profit called CultureHouse to Peabody in order to open a month-long pop-up community center which aims to foster joy, creativity, and connections. Open during June 2021, a highlight was when friend and NFCF founder Jeannette ran a lunch ‘n learn lecture on the importance of our community farm, food equity, and local food systems. Emily now volunteers her time to help strategize, design signs and merchandise, coordinate events, ideate new initiatives, manage volunteers, communicate with farm friends and supporters, and delight in all the treasures the farm has to offer.

JACQUI RICHARD, BOARD MEMBER, COMMUNITY OUTREACH & FUNDRAISING

Jacqui is the NFCF Board Clerk. She also founded The Next Gen Network, a local networking organization that empowers community members to network through events and community service opportunities. Jacqui is also the co-host of the podcast, Riveting Broads. Jacqui first joined NFCF as a volunteer and connector for the Tillies Farm Education Committee. As a networker at heart, Jacqui’s main objective for the farm is to bring in wonderful people & organizations of like mind to assist with growing the volunteer force, provide additional resources for the farm, and work with other members on the community to ensure the farm is meeting one of their core goals of food equity. In addition, Jacqui manages the NFCF website, email marketing, assists with event planning as well as fundraising efforts. In her spare time, Jacqui enjoys working on creative projects and endeavors, and is currently in the process of building her dream tiny home.

DAYBAR BUGLER, SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

As the social media manager Daybar helps develop and administer social media content designed to engage our online community and create an interactive relationship between our followers and our nonprofit. 

Daybar is The co-owner of a Food and Beverage podcast Turned Monthly newsletter Called Eat Drink Explore. She spent many Thursdays at the farm volunteering her time in 2020 and officially joined the Farm team later that year. The farm has been a great way for her to connect with another part of the food and beverage industry while growing food for her community. 

Day loves Eating, Drinking, and Exploring New England with her Husband Phil and their three-year-old son Philip IV in her free time. 

DIANE DUBE, NUTRITION CONSULTANT

Diane is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist/Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialist with North Shore Physicians Group and Family Doctors in Swampscott, MA. She also owns her own business doing nutrition education & consulting. Diane has degrees in food science, nutrition, and counseling. She loves to share her knowledge of preventative nutrition & healthy eating with all!

STEPHANIE JOHNSON, COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Stephanie discovered the farm through an introduction to the Director and President of the Board Jeannette during a community event with the Rotary Club of Peabody.  One tour of the farm and she was hooked!   In the almost 3 years since, has become a “Connector” for the farm to several nonprofits in the area and forming relationships that have continued to grow literally and figuratively.

She is an innovator of ideas, events, programs and projects for broader community reach and an encourager for all aspects of this community farming nonprofit (mission). Stephanie and her Husband Bob volunteer on the farm weekly accompanied by beautiful sunsets while their Daughter Kelsey travels the world bringing love and light to others.

THE BOARD

The three NFCF Board members work in collaboration with the City of Peabody and community volunteers to plan for agricultural management and growth potential to meet the ongoing agricultural, educational, and food scarcity needs of the greater Peabody area.