Kathryn Ruhf

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Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG)

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Kathryn Ruhf has served as coordinator of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group since 1992. NESAWG is a network of farm, food, educational, consumer, faith, environmental, nutrition, food security and other groups working to promote a more sustainable regional food and farming system. Kathy specializes in farm and food policy advocacy, beginning farmers and farmland tenure. She manages policy and food system development projects, produces educational materials, organizes events and works with a wide range of groups throughout the region and nationally

Kathy is also co-director of Land For Good, a New England nonprofit organization that specializes in working land tenure, farm succession, and land access. She has written, taught and consulted on these topics. She served as co-director of the New England Small Farm Institute for 17 years, and on the USDA Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers for six years, and chair for two. Kathy has a Masters degree in administration from the University of Massachusetts and a Masters degree in natural resource management from Antioch/New England. She lives and works in Belchertown, MA.