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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.

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REBECCA INGALLS, HERBALIST & BOARD MEMBER

Rebecca designed the Herb Garden at Newhall Fields in 2018 and is the curator and lead cultivator of the garden. She teaches classes each season in the community and at the farm and oversees the herb garden volunteer program and operations. Rebecca’s approach is holistic, taking into account the entire ecological web as she cultivates, harvests, formulates and teaches. She is committed, through her work as an herbalist and educator, to growing beneficial and enduring relationships with the green world around us. 

Rebecca is also a Psychotherapist and the owner of Palmer Pond Botanicals in Salem, Massachusetts.

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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.

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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 and artist, Emily designed the NFCF logo in partnership with farm leadership and penned several poems about this place which so touches her heart. Formerly an Events Coordinator at the Peabody Essex Museum, Emily now volunteers her time to help coordinate events, ideate new initiatives, manage volunteers, communicate with farm friends and supporters, and delight in all the treasures the farm has to offer.

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ROB ZUK, NORTH SHORE COMMUNITY COLLEGE INTERN

Rob is a Horticulture student at North Shore Community College entering his finally year. Being a home gardener for most of his life, Rob has discovered gardening as a meaningful career change. As a child, Rob could be found in the garden playing in the dirt with his army men. Rob’s life experience and knowledge as an outdoorsman and fisherman complements his love of gardening and led to pursuing a career in horticulture. He is interning this summer at the farm.

Working the farm has enlightened his view of gardening and has brought it to a new level. Feeling like this is what he has been looking for. The satisfaction of growing food in a sustainable way, organically and naturally is a heartfelt feeling of goodness to provide food for people.

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JACQUI RICHARD, BOARD MEMBER

Jacqui is the NFCF Board Clerk. She also founded The Next Gen Network to empower community members to network through events and community service opportunities. Jacqui is also the co-host of the popular podcast Riveting Broads.

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.

  • Jeannette McGinn, President
  • Rebecca Ingalls, Treasurer
  • Jacqui Richard, Clerk